April is Alcohol Awareness Month

If you are going to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommendations no more than one drink for women and two drinks for men daily.

A drink equals:

  • Beer (12-ounces)
  • Liquor shot (1.5-ounces)
  • Wine (5-ounces)

“If a person does not have liver disease then drinking alcohol in moderation can be okay,” Dr. Dawn Sears, Chief of Hepatology Division of Gastroenterology at Scott & White Healthcare and Assistant Professor Texas A&M College of Medicine said.

Think you may have a drinking problem?

Dr. Sears recommends asking the following questions:

  1. Have I ever needed a drink first thing in the morning as an “eye-opener”?
  2. Have I been in trouble with the law, work, or my marriage or my other relationships due to alcohol?
  3. Have I ever intended on having only one or two drinks, but ended up drunk?
  4. Have friends or family suggested that I cut back on my alcohol intake?
  5. Have I ever felt guilt or anger if my friends or family ever suggested that I cut back on my alcohol intake?

“If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you probably have a problem with alcohol.” Dr. Sears said.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you think you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol.

Dr. Sears highly recommends a structured treatment program like the Scott & White Alcohol and Drug Dependence Treatment Program. She also recommends Alcoholics Anonymous. “It’s a safe place, where everyone in the room is like you and everyone helps each other break free from the destructive power of alcohol.” Dr. Sears said.

“I cannot over emphasize the need for family and friend involvement in the recovery of alcoholism. Women and men drink for different reasons. Men often drink as part of their socializing. Women often drink to self-medicate childhood hurts or depression.”

“It can be a very complex psychological issue which can be a painful recovery; however, anyone can recover with the proper support and motivation.” Dr. Sears said.

Alcohol is sugar and high in empty calories,” Dr. Sears continues, “when many of my patients stop drinking, they instantly loose five pounds a month in excess weight-without exercise or dieting-what a dream!”

You can contact the Scott & White Alcohol and Drug Dependence Treatment Program at (254) 724-2751.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month