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, Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers associated with alcohol and drinking too much.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.
If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:
- Limit your drinking to no more than one drink a day for women or two 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
- Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home
- Avoid places where people drink a lot
- Make a list of reasons not to drink
- If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help
Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) members have comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder services through their regional organization. As the regional organization for Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, El Paso, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Teller counties, CCHA can connect you with the help you need. Contact CCHA Member Support Services to connect with a care coordinator.