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During National Alcohol Awareness Month, Take Stock of Your Drinking

Friday, April 29, 2022

Take stock of your drinking during National Alcohol Awareness MonthThe line between social drinking and problem drinking can easily be crossed. Consider that men who have more than four drinks on a single day or 14 a week are considered heavy drinkers. Women who drink more than three drinks in a day or seven a week fall into that category.

If your alcohol consumption has given you pause, use April, National Alcohol Awareness Month, as a time to evaluate your drinking behaviors so you can remain in control. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heavy alcohol consumption in the short-term result in:

  • Serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes, falls and drownings
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Aggressive behavior that can lead to violence
  • Problems with pregnancy

Long-term alcohol abuse, according to the CDC, can cause chronic diseases and other serious health problems, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Cancers, such as throat, mouth, esophagus, live and colon
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Learning and memory problems, including dementia

An estimated 95,000 people in the U.S. die each year from alcohol-related causes; it is the nation’s third leading preventable cause of death, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Heavy drinking also can erode relationships and career goals. Moderate drinking is two drinks per day for men, and one drink a day for women.

There are small changes you can make to get a handle on your alcohol consumption:

  • Write a list of the benefits of cutting back on drinking
  • Set a limit on how much you will drink and track your consumption
  • Have several alcohol-free days each week
  • Enjoy activities that don’t involve alcohol
  • Don’t keep alcohol on hand
  • Ask for help if you’re struggling

People who stay within the low-risk limits when they drink have the lowest rates of alcohol-related problems.

If you cannot control your drinking or are concerned that someone you care about has a serious problem, NewBridge can help. For more information, contact NewBridge Services at services@newbridge.org or call (973) 316-9333. 

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