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What should I be cautious about if I drink?

Kathy Sowder
Psychology
Things to be careful about if you drink are not to use alcohol to medicate your feelings, such as stress or depression. Alcohol is a depressant and can lead to your feeling more depressed. Drinking also can become a coping mechanism, which may prevent you from developing other healthier ways to cope. Of course, do not drink and drive, and be sure to plan ahead for a ride home or a place to stay. If you drink regularly, you need to stay aware of whether your drinking is adversely affecting your relationships, your finances, your emotional responses, or your job. If you are having blackouts (memory losses), building a tolerance (so that it takes more alcohol to get the same effect), or if sometimes you drink more than you intended to, you may be developing an alcohol problem.

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