How Alcohol Use Affects Health

You may have heard of Dry January, a campaign run in the U.K. by Alcohol Concern. To promote alcohol awareness, it involves (as you’ve likely gathered) completely abstaining from alcohol for the month of January. It’s a valuable campaign with noble intentions, but a minority of participants may unfortunately miss the wider point. A month of strict abstinence does lead some to drink more than they should come February 1. Remaining alcohol free for a month is an achievement which deserves to be rewarded, but compensatory drinking is not what Dry January is trying to advocate. A healthy attitude towards consumption (not necessarily total abstinence) is needed during every month of the year to reap lasting health benefits. Alcohol and Health The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates that one in every 12 U.S. adults (over 17 million) are either dependent on alcohol or are habitual abusers. Excessive alcohol use causes 88,000 deaths per year. Alcohol-related illness is responsible for almost 40% of U.S. hospital bed occupancy (outside maternity and intensive care). What are the risks? Many will be familiar with some of the immediate effects of heavy use, but it may not be obvious to everyone just how much (or little) you need to drink before your body begins to act differently. Reference point: there are two units in one 12-ounce pint of beer or 6-ounce glass of wine. 1-2 units: Muscles become relaxed. 4 units: Lower inhibitions. Difficult...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Alcoholism General Healthy Living Substance Abuse Abstinence Alcohol Abuse Alcoholic beverage Binge Drinking Drinking culture Liver disease Liver health Long-term effects of alcohol Moderation National Council on Alc Source Type: news

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