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Lower Risk Guidelines for Alcohol

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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As you know, there is a big difference between drinking alcohol and doing so to the point of Imagedeveloping an addiction. There is nothing wrong with having a drink from time to time, as long as you do within the single day and weekly limits, such as those outlined by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Low Risk, not No Risk

Remember, low risk drinking does not mean that you are completely safe from developing a problem. The only way to avoid this altogether is to cut alcohol out of your life.

Even within the limits established by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, if you are older, have health problems, and/or drink too quickly, it can lead to a variety of issues. Your health and the affect that alcohol has on your body will determine how much you can drink without experiencing a negative impact.

Low Risk Drinking may be too much

Even though low risk drinking is safe for most, there are times when even this may be too much. It is best to avoid alcohol if you are:

  • Planning to drive a vehicle in the near future
  • Planning to operate machinery in the near future
  • Taking medication that could interact with alcohol
  • Underage
  • Dealing with a medical condition that could be complicated by drinking
  • Trying to become pregnant
  • Currently pregnant
  • Managing a past issue with alcohol abuse

Case by Case Basis

How much you drink and the way you approach the consumption of alcohol is determined on a case by case basis. Just because you are in position to follow lower risk guidelines does not mean the next person is able to do the same.

You know what is best for you and how alcohol will affect your body. Low risk drinking will decrease the chance of a serious impact, such as developing an addiction.

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