Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. Alcohol contributes to the three leading causes of death among 12 to 20-year-olds (unintentional injury, homicide, and suicide). Research shows that those who start drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to have alcohol problems as adults than those who start drinking at age 21 or older.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:
• 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 drinking?
• Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems, including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, and an increased risk of heart disease. Take this time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Keep track of how much you drink, avoid places where overdrinking occurs, and find new ways to deal with stress. If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.
On this web site you will find the information you need to help yourself or a loved one with alcoholism. http://oneidacountypublichealth.org/?p=400 Get the facts, answers, and assistance that you need to deal with the disease of alcohol addiction or help a loved one with a serious problem.
If interested in helping our community live lives free of mental and physical health problems associated with misuse and abuse of alcohol, consider joining the Oneida County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition by calling 715 369 6111.