Do You Know These 3 Surprising Facts About Alcohol Abuse?
In the past decade, the number of alcohol-related emergency room visits per year has doubled to nearly 3.8 million.
And despite alcohol-related accidents being completely preventable, this number is predicted to rise. For this National Alcohol Awareness Month, we’re going to list some facts about alcohol abuse that may surprise you.
Keep reading to learn more.
- Alcohol abuse raises your chances of developing cancer. While most of us know that alcohol abuse can lead to diseases like fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and pancreatitis, it may surprise you to learn that drinking excessively can contribute to cancer. You may be especially at risk for certain cancers like mouth, throat, and esophagus. Eventually, liver disease can lead to liver cancer and developing pancreatitis puts you at increased risk of pancreas cancer.
- Drinking heavily is considered anywhere between 8 or 15 drinks a week depending on your weight and gender. If you’re a woman, it’s usually around 8 and if you’re a man, it’s usually around 15. Even if you’re not a regular drinker, one night of binge drinking can wreak serious havoc on your body. For a man, binge drinking means consuming 5 or more drinks in one sitting. For a woman, that number decreases to 4 drinks or more in one sitting. Keep in mind that your personal limit may be lower. We recommend speaking with a physician to determine if you should decrease your alcohol consumption.
- Feeling “sober enough” is never good enough to drive. For some of us, even one drink is enough to put you over the legal limit. Feeling “sober enough” or “okay” is never safe and alcohol inhibits our ability to make responsible decisions. Always arrange for a designated driver.
It’s important to remember that being a responsible and conscientious drinker is about moderation, not necessarily total elimination. Protect your future healthy by making changes in your routine today.
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