April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Monday, 04 April 2011

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems, including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, and an increased risk of heart disease. And as a first responder, you probably have seen firsthand some of the worst consequences of drinking and driving. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the National Volunteer Fire Council encourages you to take this time to educate yourself and your department members about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Keep track of how much you drink, avoid places where overdrinking occurs, and find new ways to deal with stress. If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.

While the negative consequences must not be ignored, alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation and certain types of alcoholic beverages may even provide some health benefits. You should speak with your doctor regarding the pros and cons of the amount and type of alcohol you consume on a regular basis.  

Use this month to promote healthy alcohol usage and behaviors in your department, family, and community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers an Alcohol Awareness Month Toolkit with ideas for community outreach events, press release and social media templates, and information on alcohol abuse. Find additional information from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program at http://healthy-firefighter.org/lifestyle/alcohol.

 

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