by The Episcopal Church Medical Trust
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices.
How will drinking less or quitting help me?
Drinking in moderation or not drinking at all can help you:
-Lower your blood pressure
-Lower your risk of injury, heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and
-Lose weight – Use this calculator to see how many calories you will save.
-Save money – Use this calculator to find out how much you spend on alcohol.
Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking. Remember, try to limit your drinking to no more than:
- 1 drink a day for women
-2 drinks a day for men
- Keep track of your drinking. First, set a drinking limit. For example, you may decide to have no more than 3 drinks per week.
- Step 1: Write down your drinking limit on a piece of paper.
- Step 2: Keep track of your drinking. Write down every time you have a drink for
1week. This drinking tracker card may help.
-Take a day off from drinking.
Choose a day each week (for example, Tuesday) when you will not drink.
- Don’t drink when you are upset.
If you have a bad day or are feeling angry, don’t reach for a drink. Try taking a walk, calling a friend, or seeing a movie. Find healthy ways to manage stress.
- Avoid places where people drink too much. Stay away from bars or other places that make you want to drink.
- Learn new skills to change your drinking habits. Planning ahead can help you manage situations when you might be tempted to drink too much. Plan ahead of time how you will say “no” if someone offers you a drink. Practice these strategies to handle an urge to drink.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home. This way you won’t be tempted to go over your drinking limit.
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Source: How to Cut Down on Your Drinking
Adapted from www.healthfinder.gov
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Wed, April 18, 2012
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