Urged to Speak Up
A new study finds that 38 million Americans drink too much but only one in six has ever actually talked about it with a medical professional. The study from the C-D-C finds that despite the health risks of binge-drinking very few people are honest with their doctor about their behavior. We all know there are risks to binge drinking, but knowing these facts aren’t enough to stop someone who has a alcohol dependency. Speaking up to your family physician can not only save your life, but it can also help doctors become more aware of how many individuals are currently suffering from a disease that so little people talk about.
Several dangers are associated with drinking too much; besides the alcoholism, drinking increases the risk of heart disease. It has also been discovered that it can put you at a higher risk of breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Binge-drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men within two or three hours. According to reports, binge-drinking is responsible for 88,000 deaths each year just in the United States and is responsible for about 224 billion dollars in economic costs in a single year. If you feel as though you are consuming too much alcohol talk to your physician and work out a recovery plan. For details about how Seabrook can enrich your life, go to www.seabrook.org and learn more about the services we can provide to you.