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I have written about the health benefits of moderate wine intake but too much of a good thing can be terrible for both your health and others.

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems, including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, and an increased risk of heart disease. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, ProActive Chiropractic in San Francisco encourages you to take this time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse.  Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic deaths last year; that means on average someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash about every 50 minutes in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2010).

To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, ProActive Chiropractic is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month to prevent alcohol abuse in our community. 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.

Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:

  • Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
  • Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
  • Does your drinking worry your family?
  • Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won’t?
  • Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?
  • Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?

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