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Alcohol Awareness Month

More than 18,000 people die from alcoholic liver disease every year in the United States. At the same time, almost 11,000 people are killed from alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes.

“The earlier someone starts using alcohol, the more likely they are to develop a dependency,” said Dr. Phil Barnell, Chief Medical Officer of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. “This can lead to many health issues down the road including heart disease, stroke and depression.”

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to increase public awareness and understanding of alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. In response, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital offers the following tips:
  1. Drink in moderation. By controlling how much you drink, you can reduce your risk of acquiring both short-term and long-term health risks.   
  2. Talk to your kids about alcohol. Kids who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to abuse these substances.
  3. Avoid mixing alcohol with caffeine. Caffeine can mask the feeling of “drunkenness,” but does not reduce your actual alcohol-related impairment.
  4. Do not drink during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can disrupt fetal development at any stage.
For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month, please contact the HSHS St. Mary’s Treatment Center at 217-464-2500

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