“It emphasized that drinking is not bad in and of itself—it's how much ... For anyone who drinks, Rethinking Drinking offers valuable, research-based information.
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Alcohol and your health
Research-based information from the
National Institutes of Health
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
NIH...Turning Discovery Into Health
"Sometimes we do things out of habit and we don't really stop to think
about it. This made me think about my choices."
"It emphasized that drinking is not bad in and of itselfit's how much
you're doing it and how it's affecting your life."
"I thought the strategies for cutting down were really good.
It gives you tools to help yourself."
These are comments from social drinkers who reviewed Rethinking
Drinking in focus testing. We welcome your comments as well. Send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3014433860.
For an online version of this booklet with interactive
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How much is too much? Thinking about a change?RETHINKING DRINKING
Do you enjoy a drink now and then? Many of us do, often when socializing with
friends and family. Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and
health status, the situation, and, of course, how much you drink.
Do you think you may drink too much at times? Do you think "everyone" drinks a lot?
See below for results from a nationwide survey of 43,000 adults by the National
Institutes of Health on alcohol use and its consequences.
Alcohol use by adults in the United States*
*Although the minimum legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21, this survey included people aged 18 or older.
7 in 10 adults
always drink at
do not drink
3 in 10 adults
drink at levels
that put them
at risk for
liver disease, and
For anyone who drinks, Rethinking Drinking offers valuable, research-based information.
The first part, How much is too much?, answers these questions and more:
What's "low-risk" d