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Know Your Limits – Alcohol Awareness Month


Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s important to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.


Overview

If you choose to drink, have only a moderate (limited) amount. This means:

  • No more than 1 drink a day for women
  • No more than 2 drinks a day for men

One drink is a:

  • Bottle of beer (12 ounces)
  • Glass of wine (5 ounces)
  • Shot of liquor (1.5 ounces)

For most adults, moderate drinking doesn’t cause any serious health problems. And if you don't drink at all, there's no reason to start!


Health Effects

How can you tell if you are at risk for a drinking problem? Drinking is a problem if it causes trouble with:

  • Your relationships
  • School or work
  • How you think and feel

Drinking only in moderation or not drinking at all can help you:


Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink. This drinking tracker card can help.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don’t drink when you are upset. If you have a bad day or are feeling angry, try taking a walk, calling a friend, or seeing a movie.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.

Take Action

If you are concerned about your drinking, seek support. Talk to a doctor or nurse if you are having a hard time cutting down on your drinking. Ask your family and friends to support you. Don’t give up!


If you are worried about a loved one’s drinking, you can use these tips to talk with someone about cutting back or quitting drinking.


The good news? We can all do our part to raise awareness and prevent alcohol misuse or abuse. For the April Challenge, use this tool to see if your drinking habits put you at risk.


Sources:


1. National Health Observances April Alcohol Awareness Month Toolkit


2. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Rethinking Your Drinking