Alcohol & Health

Alcohol & Health

Alcohol & Health

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol daily, such as two 12-ounce beers or two 5-ounce glasses of wine, offers some health benefits, especially for the heart. It can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and peripheral vascular disease, lowers your risk of developing gallstones, and possibly reduces your risk of stroke and diabetes. Anything more than moderate drinking can lead to serious health problems, however, including strokes; pancreatitis; cancer of the liver, pancreas, mouth, larynx or esophagus; heart-muscle damage; high blood pressure; and cirrhosis of the liver. 

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    If you're trying to curb your alcohol consumption, here are some things to try:
    • Drink festive drinks that won't impact your blood pressure, such as nonalcoholic margaritas, mojitos and hurricane punch.
    • If you're at a party or event where alcohol is served for several hours, alternate water with alcoholic drinks, and stop drinking alcohol after a couple of drinks. If you're at a bar or restaurant, switch to iced tea or sparkling water after a drink or two.
    • If you're a heavy drinker, reduce alcohol intake slowly, over one to two weeks. If you stop suddenly, you risk developing severe high blood pressure for several days.
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    The color of alcohol predicts whether you will be hung over. Learn more on this topic in this video of Dr. Oz and Jimmy Fallon.


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    In general, moderation means ingesting no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of distilled liquor.
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    There’s nothing wrong with having a cocktail or two, but it’s easy to overdo it. The next time you’re your sipping on something with friends, consider these points:
    • Cut back: Having only two glasses of red wine as opposed to four translates into saving about 300 calories a night. Over the course of a year, that’s 21 cups of sugar, equating to a 5-pound weight loss.
    • Make smart swaps: Instead of wine, try a vodka and soda. You’ll save around 100 calories. Flavored vodka with soda water provides a bubbly burst of sweetness without the excessive sugar or calories.
    • If your drink of choice is white wine, try creating your own spritzer: Use about 4 ounces of white wine with a big splash of lemon-lime seltzer water for around only 100 calories.
    • Go virgin: Don’t forget, you can still toast with classy cocktails sans alcohol.
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    People who are hosting parties can take steps to ensure their guests stay safe and avoid alcohol-related problems. University of California, Davis experts offer these tips:
    • Don't pressure anyone to drink.
    • Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and serve food.
    • Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.
    • Don't let guests who are drunk continue drinking.
    • Don't allow guests to drive if they have had too much to drink. Remember: Coffee or a cold shower won't sober someone up. It takes time to get alcohol out of the blood.
    • People with drinking problems should create a plan for how they will manage holiday parties or other events where alcohol is served.
    Partygoers don't have to bring alcohol as a gift for the host, the experts note. Tea, hot chocolate, cider and coffee are great non-alcoholic alternatives.

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    At sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement officers stop drivers to assess their level of alcohol impairment. Checkpoints do more than simply increase arrests; they deter impaired driving by increasing drivers’ perceived risk of arrest if they choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. 

    Research has shown that checkpoints prevent impaired driving. A review of more than 20 studies shows that checkpoints resulted in a median 20% decrease in impaired driving crashes and deaths.

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    Your best defense against a drunk driver is to buckle up every time. Every person in every seat should be buckled up on every trip. Seat belts reduce serious injuries and deaths from crashes by about 50%. 

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    Ignition interlocks prevent drivers who were convicted of alcohol-impaired driving from operating their vehicles if they have been drinking. Interlocks are effective in reducing re-arrest rates from drinking and driving by about two-thirds while the device is on the vehicle. Also, drivers with interlocks had fewer alcohol-impaired driving crashes than drivers who had their drivers’ licenses suspended because of a DWI conviction. 

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    At sobriety checkpoints, police stop drivers to judge if they are driving under the influence of alcohol. More widespread, frequent use of these checkpoints could save about 1,500 to 3,000 lives on the road each year.

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    Drivers with previous driving while impaired (DWI) convictions pose a substantial risk of offending again. Data shows that legally impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior DWI conviction than drivers who had not been drinking.

    Ignition interlocks, or in-car breathalyzers, are devices that can be installed in vehicles to prevent persons who have consumed alcohol from driving. They are typically installed after a driver has been convicted of DWI.

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