Did you know that around 95,000 people die every year from alcohol related causes? If you are looking to drink we highly recommend learning about responsible drinking so that you can stay safe while still having some fun. This will keep you from letting the alcohol control your life and your relationships.
Read on to learn more about being responsible before you pick up your next alcoholic beverage.
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For healthy women of all ages it is recommended to not drink more than 3 drinks per day and no more than 7 drinks total in a week. These recommendations also apply to men over the age of 65.
For men up to the age of 65 it is recommended to not drink more than 14 drinks in a week and no more than 4 drinks in one day.
Another tip for responsible drinking is to always have a designated driver if you plan on drinking while you are out. Never ever risk your life or the lives of others by getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Always have a meal or at least a snack before you drink and try to even snack while you are drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause you to feel the effects of the alcohol a lot faster and stronger because there is no food in your system to help absorb the alcohol.
For those that take medications, you have to be careful and double check to make sure that the alcohol won’t affect the way the medicine works in your body. Sometimes mixing alcohol with medicine can be dangerous or make you really sick.
Will Responsible Drinking Improve Your Health?
There are some benefits to moderate drinking that you should be aware of. Moderate drinking refers to drinking every now and then instead of on a consistent basis. These possible benefits include:
- Lower risk of diabetes
- Reduced risk of strokes
- Less risk of a heart attack or heart disease
- Lower risk of gallstones
Please keep in mind that these possible benefits should not be an excuse to drink or over drink.
When to Call a Doctor
There are situations where you might want to call a doctor for yourself or a loved one. If you are not able to stop drinking or drink less even though you have tried, then it’s a sign to call a doctor for help.
Does alcohol make you angry? This might also be a sign that you need help to drink less or stop drinking altogether.
Ready for Some Responsible Drinking?
Now that you learned our top tips about responsible drinking you can apply what you learned and ensure that you have fun while you drink. Please keep in mind that the tips above are for those that currently do not have a drinking problem that requires professional help, and for people old enough to legally drink.
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