Using Alcohol Safely

Using Alcohol Safely – Drinking Safely

alcohol01Countless people across the globe enjoy alcoholic beverages for relaxation and celebration. While drinking can be a fun experience, carelessness with alcohol can lead to addiction, ruined lives, and even death. Surprisingly, many doctors don’t take the time to consult with their patients about alcohol use. This is why it is imperative for everyone to understand how important drinking safely really is.

What would your doctor tell you about drinking? This recent article from NPR might shed some light.

How Can Drinking Be That Bad?

Alcohol consumption can result in both short and long term health risks:

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The risks involved with alcohol are certainly serious. However these risks can be mitigated with safe drinking practices.

Get the facts about alcohol consumption here

How Can I Drink Safely?

The most important thing to remember in order to drink safely is to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Keep track of how many drinks you’ve had, how quickly, how strong they are. By doing this, you can make a conscious choice about how much alcohol you consume.

Doctors recommend drinking no more than four alcoholic beverages in one sitting.

Be aware of the standard size and concentration of alcoholic beverages: alcohol03

It is also important to make sure you have eaten so your body will more slowly absorb the alcohol. Drink slowly, and alternate with non-alcoholic beverages.

Never drink and drive! Get a ride, or call a cab. It’s just not worth it.

Each person’s limit for alcohol is different. Be aware of yours, and don’t push far beyond it in order to drink safely and reduce serious health risks.

Click here for safe drinking guidelines from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Drink Safe, Live Well

By taking the proper measures to insure safe alcohol consumption, you can best take care of your body, your mind, and your relationships. You can still have fun and enjoy a few drinks while being mindful of your alcohol intake.

Thanks for reading, and best wishes for a happy and healthy life!

Dr. Johnson