Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s a good time to learn more about the dangers of drinking too much.
In Maine, of the average of 146 people who lose their lives in traffic crashes each year, 37 of those deaths are the result of drinking and driving, according to the Maine Highway Safety Facts 2016, based on average annual experience from 2011-2015.
To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse in our community, Wabanaki Public Health is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.
If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:
- Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
- Keep track of how much you drink.
- Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
- Don’t drink when you are upset.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
- Avoid places where people drink a lot.
- Make a list of reasons not to drink.
If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.
For more information, contact your Wabanaki health center. You might also find useful resources on the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence website.