Alcohol awareness month is an opportunity to spread awareness of alcohol abuse that can lead to other health problems, as well as encouraging healthier, safer decisions.
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to not only hangovers and alcohol poisoning, but can increase risk for other problems such as heart disease.
You may have a problem with alcohol if you answer "yes" to any of the following:
- Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
- Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
- Does your drinking worry your family?
- Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won't?
- Do you ever forget what you did while you were drinking?
- Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?
- Keep track of your drinking and set a limit
- Try to avoid places where heavy drinking occurs
- Ask help from a doctor, family or friends
- If you keep alcohol in your home, keep only a limited supply
Also, people with a family history of alcohol addiction have a higher risk for obesity! Check out the association between alcoholism and obesity that study a found in the podcast below:
Alcohol and Obesity
A study indicates that people with a family history of alcoholism also have a higher risk of obesity.
At Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Richard Grucza examined national surveys involving about 80,000 people. Gruzca looked at family history because of its risk of alcohol addiction. He also looked at body mass index, which is a ratio of how much weight people carry for their height. A BMI of 30 or above is considered obese.
``If you look at the people who are at risk for addiction, compared to the people who are not at risk, in that 30-and-above category there’s just more of them.’’ (9 seconds)
The study in Archives of General Psychiatry was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.