APRIL: ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH
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, Express Family Care encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.
In Oklahoma alone, there were 3268 drunk driving accidents with 160 fatalities in 2017. Alcohol is the 4th leading preventable cause of death in the US. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, Express Family Care is joining other organizations across the country to celebrate 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.
We are fortunate to have excellent programs to help those with drinking issues in the metro area. These services are often covered by your medical insurance. Please visit with us or another healthcare provider to get help.
For more information, visit Express Family Care.
Jimmy Tisdale is a graduate of the OU Family Nurse Practitioner Program. He focuses on providing prompt, thorough care while educating patients about their conditions and ways to stay healthy using current evidence-based research.
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