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Understanding the Dangers of Excessive Drinking

April 06 2015

HAINES – 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, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) encourages all community members to learn about the dangers of drinking too much.

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Services, “Alaska has one of the highest per capita alcohol consumption rates in the nation and the prevalence of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse, at 14%, is twice the national average of 7%.” The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has data that shows Alcohol poisoning death rates rank highest in Alaska; 46.5 deaths per million residents.

In addition, a new study suggests that too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes.

To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, SEARHC is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies that may help:

  • 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.

If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.

For more information, contact the SEARHC Haines Health Center at 766-6300.

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