Dangerous Cocktail: Alcohol and Mental Health
The typical "glass of wine a night" can actually be a serious issue for people with alcohol abuse problems. Just one drink a day can lead to an increase in both anxiety and depression
A balanced approach to alcohol consumption can benefit everyone. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommends moderating your alcohol intake with these steps:
Make a list—How would drinking more moderately benefit your life? Saving money, calories and relationships are all good reasons to cut back.
Set goals—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends only “moderate drinking,” which is defined as a maximum of one drink per day for women and two drinks for men.
Keep a diary—For about a month, record what, when, where and how much you drink. How do your habits correspond with a balanced approach?
Keep your home alcohol free—Not having wine, beer or liquor in the house can help you cut back.
Pace yourself—Sip cocktails slowly, and follow each one with a glass of water. Also don’t drink alcohol without eating, too.
You can use these resources as guides and tools to improve and understand your emotional and cognitive states
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