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This time of year, heavy alcohol consumption plays a large role in what many commonly associate with “holiday cheer.” For others, the holidays represent stress, anxiety, loneliness and despair; and alcohol serves as a crutch.
The truth is that many people drink beyond what is safe without even realizing it, and fail to make a connection between their risky drinking behaviors and the negative consequences that spill into other aspects of their life.
Men should avoid drinking more than four drinks per day, and limit themselves to 14 drinks over the course of a week. For women, three drinks a day is the maximum, not to exceed seven drinks per week. Healthy adults who exceed these guidelines put themselves – and others – at greater risk of numerous health and social problems.
Risky drinkers are more likely to land in the hospital, encounter financial and legal problems, and experience personal crises such as unemployment or divorce. Binge drinking, specifically, is closely associated with motor vehicle crashes, assaults, unintended pregnancies and death.
The issue of drinking and driving does receive a lot of attention, particularly during the holidays, but letting a designated driver take the wheel only guards you against one risk. IMPACT encourages you to keep this in mind as you celebrate the season and consider your resolutions for a happier and healthier new year!
To learn more about safe drinking levels or to access helpful resources, call IMPACT at (414)256-4808, or simply dial 2-1-1. A brief online alcohol screen is also available at www.impactinc.org .