April is Alcohol Awareness Month
By Harbor View Medical Services, PC
Drinking too much alcohol increases people's risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. The good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse. Spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol misuse or abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to get involved.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
- Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting.
Take Action: Make a Plan
- Learn new skills to help you change your drinking habits.
- Planning ahead can help you manage situations when you might be tempted to drink too much. Think ahead about how to say "no" if someone offers you a drink.
Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
- This way you won't be tempted to go over the drinking limit you set for yourself.
Make a list of reasons not to drink.
- Make a list of reasons to drink less or quit. Keep this list in your wallet, bag, or on your fridge. Look at it when you have an urge to drink.
If you want to lose weight or save money, use these calculators to:
- See how many calories are in your drinks.
- Find out how much money you are spending on alcohol.