Consuming too much of anything is bad for you, but alcohol is among the worst. Over-indulging in alcohol increases your risk for injuries, unhealthy weight, disease and even some types of cancer. That’s why it’s so important to practice responsible drinking habits.
With this in mind, consider the following tips:
- Set a reasonable drinking limit for yourself when enjoying a night out, and encourage friends to do the same.
- Talk to your doctor about your drinking habits, and discuss potential long-term effects.
- Always have a designated driver or a plan for safely traveling when out drinking (e.g., taxi).
- Know your limits and don’t exceed them.
Practicing responsible drinking now will help you keep the good times rolling years down the road. Visit www.samhsa.gov to learn more about substance dependency and where to find help limiting your alcohol consumption.
Reach out to your doctor or AHW health coach for more tips on practicing moderation.