Halloween is coming up but some of us celebrate the entire month. That means candy, pumpkin flavored everything and spooky costume parties. But we can’t forget about our health just because we get wrapped up in the fun of it all. Your health and lifestyle choices can impact your life goals. At some parties, the alcohol will start to flow but don’t feel pressured to drink if you don’t want to. Excessive alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of health problems, like liver disease. Alcohol use can cause additional health problems if you are underage or are pregnant.
Here are some handy definitions to keep in mind:
Alcohol: Wine, wine coolers, beer and liquor
Binge drinking: For men, this means drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion. For women, this means 4 or more drinks on an occasion.
Heavy drinking: For men, this means drinking 15 or more drinks per week. For women, this means drinking 8 or more drinks per week.
Excessive alcohol use: Binge drinking, heavy drinking, and drinking by pregnant women or people underage
If you or someone you know has concerns about drinking habits, talk to a health care provider or a counselor.
This post was written by Jacki Wing, Show Your Love Community Ambassador from New York. Follow her @Jacki_Wing.
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