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April 2014 Is Considered As The Alcohol Awareness Month!

April 2014 - Alcohol Awareness Month

The twenty-eighth year of alcohol awareness is being celebrated by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The consumption of alcohol contributes to high risk of infections, diseases, and mortality. For these things, children and women are at high risk.

April 2014 - Alcohol Awareness Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated that drinking in moderation (refers to only one drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men; one serving of alcohol or one drink refers to twelve ounces beer, 5 ounces of wine or one and a half ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits, eight ounces of malt liquor) is however recommended; still in some women, it can increase the risk of breast cancer. It is also recommended to take less than a drink per day if breast cancer is recorded in family history.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that usually women absorb more alcohol in comparison to men. In women, alcohol takes more time to come out of the system. Typically, women binge-drinkers consume six drinks on an average per drinking occasion. According to the reports of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the association of underage drinking includes violence, traffic fatalities, suicide, unsafe sex, educational failure, and alcohol overdose. In the U.S, there are above 1700 college-going students killed annually because of alcohol as per the records.

“Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow” is the theme for this year. Prevention of alcoholism and drinking at a younger age is most important, but if you know someone who is already surpassing their drinking limit, then it becomes important to know the symptoms linked to alcohol poisoning such as cold, slow breathing, vomiting, and clammy skin!

This year, alcohol awareness month is celebrated with an encouragement to set aside the 3 days abstaining from intake of alcoholic beverages.

Don’t drink while planning to conceive or while pregnant and spread awareness.

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