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Most people who drink alcohol think of themselves as "moderate" or "social drinkers". But drinking involves risks and, for some, it can lead to problems.
It's when drinking begins to interfere with your life.
For example, you may:
If you are experiencing any of these problems, or if you're concerned about your drinking, you should think about quitting or cutting down.
All drinking is risky. If you don't want to run risks, don't drink. If you do drink, cut your risks.
Remember, drinking should never interfere with:
For many people, moderate drinking can be part of a healthy lifestyle. To reduce your risk of problems, keep the following rules in mind:
It's a good idea to monitor your drinking. Keep track every day.
Moderate drinking means mixing days of no drinking with days of low drinking.
If you choose to drink:
Instead of drinking, spend some time on other things you enjoy.
There may be times when you feel pressure to drink. Learn to:
Alcohol can't solve your problems. Don't use alcohol to feel better or to deal with difficult situations. Instead of drinking, try to:
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive or operate heavy equipment safely. If you drink, don't drive! Take a bus or taxi home or get a lift with a friend who hasn't been drinking.
For some people, even moderate alcohol use can be dangerous. If you have medical or psychiatric problems, or take certain prescription or non-prescription drugs, ask you doctor or therapist for advice. Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should avoid drinking.
If you're having trouble dealing with your drinking, don't be shy. Talk to a friend or ask a professional for help.
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