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Did you know April is Alcohol Awareness Month?

Everyone has their struggles in life. Like many others, mine came in a bottle. I’m referring to that devil water- the drink. Alcoholism is something I’ve experienced firsthand and it’s all fun and games until you find yourself passed out in a closet…or crying on a kitchen floor.

But whether you’re a social drinker or a functioning alcoholic, this post is for you. I’ve learned some pretty sobering facts that are relevant to anyone who routinely pours a glass of that good time juice.

A lot of injuries include alcohol as a factor:

  • 60% of fatal burn injuries, drownings, and homicide
  • 50% of severe trauma injuries and sexual assaults
  • 40% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides, and fatal falls

Heavy drinkers are also more at risk for liver disease, heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, stroke, stomach bleeding, STDs, and some cancers. They may also have problems managing diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you would like to cut back or prevent going overboard:

  • Avoid drinking when upset
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink
  • Limit yourself

Ladies, no more than 1/day. Gentlemen, no more than 2/day.

Be safe and have fun! 🙂

*Rae


Dietary Guidelines for Americans (http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines)

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (https://ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month)

“What Are the Risks?” Rethinking Drinking. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.

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