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April is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Am I at risk for alcoholism? You may be if you are having an excessive craving for liquor, tried to stop drinking but could not, drinking is interfering with family or personal activities, often drinking more and longer that you wanted, spending a lot of time drinking, and stopping other activities that are important to you due to drinking. Having two or more of the above issues should be a red flag for you.

Alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of preventable death following tobacco, and poor diet including physical inactivity.

One drink would look like:

• 12 oz. of beer

• 8 oz. of malt liquor

• 5 oz. of table wine

• 5 oz. of 80 proof liquor

Heavy drinking is considered as:

• For men, consuming more than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks per week

• For women, consuming more than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 drinks per week

Alcoholism can cause many problems including increasing your risks of liver disease, depression, heart diseases, cancers, and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and many others.

Treatments include combinations of behavioral therapy, medications, and/or alcohol counseling. This can be decided with your primary care physician.

Plan a visit with LyivyDHM to stay on top of your healthcare!

*National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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