Be aware of potential dangers of alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease and some types of cancer.

This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the HFM Prevention Council encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

In 2012, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the United States. That is one person every 51 minutes. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse in our community, the HFM Prevention Council is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

Limit your drinking to no more than one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men.

Keep track of how much you drink.

Don’t drink when you are upset.

Avoid places where people drink a lot.

Make a list of reasons not to drink.

For more information, visit our website, www.hfmpreventioncouncil.com.

RACHEL TRUCKENMILLER

HFM Prevention Council