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Is there any harm in women drinking to combat stress or nervousness?

For women, drinking to combat stress or nervousness can lead to harm. Women often begin to abuse alcohol and drugs following depression, to relax on dates, to feel more adequate, to lose weight, to decrease stress or to help them sleep at night. Any time the number of drinks consumed exceeds the recommended limit (no more than one standard drink per day and seven per week), it becomes a problem, and it is important to get help with the issue that is creating the pressure to drink as well as guidance to help avoid such drinking.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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