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You and Your Health

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

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You may have heard that moderate drinking can be good for your heart. This might be true for some drinkers (mainly middle-aged and older adults). But with heavy drinking, any potential benefits of alcohol are outweighed by serious risks to your health.

Alcohol Awareness Month is a good time to think about your drinking habits. Are you concerned that you might be drinking too much? Or are you worried about a loved one’s drinking?

For most adults, drinking alcohol in moderation doesn’t cause any serious health problems. If you choose to drink, set a limit:

  * No more than 1 drink a day for women
  * No more than 2 drinks a day for men

Risky drinking (like drinking a lot or while you are pregnant) can lead to injuries, birth defects, and health problems like liver disease. Drinking less or quitting can help lower your risk—and can even help you lose weight and save money!

Try these tips to help you cut back on your drinking:

  * Set a drink limit for the week.
  * Keep track of how much you drink.
  * Know how much alcohol is in your favorite beverage.

Use these conversation starters to help you talk to a loved one about cutting back.

Visit the Quick Guide to Healthy Living to get more information about drinking alcohol only in moderation.