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Controlling Alcohol Consumption

Monday, April 06, 2015

The line between social drinking and problem drinking is an easy one to cross.  If you drink alone when you feel sad or angry, drink after telling yourself you won’t, or if drinking affects your personal or professional life, there’s reason for concern.

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, a good time to evaluate your relationship with alcohol.

  • Keep track of how much you drink and stay within guidelines for moderate consumption: one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men
  • Make a list of the benefits of not drinking
  • Have at least two alcohol-free days each week
  • Socialize doing activities that don’t involve alcohol
  • Don’t drink when you’re upset

Excessive drinking can seriously affect your health. Nearly 10 percent of Americans ages 12 and older have an alcohol or drug problem, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol, NewBridge Services can help. For more information, go to newbridge.org or call (888) 746-9333.

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