April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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, Orders Counseling encourages you to take this time to educate yourself and
your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse. In Maryland alone, there have
been 162 drunk driving fatalities within the past year. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, Orders Counseling 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?
Source: How to Cut Down on Your Drinking
Strategies to Cut Back or Quit Drinking
There are many strategies you can try to cut back or quit drinking. To get started:
• Keep track of your drinking and set a drinking limit.
• Try to avoid places where heavy drinking occurs.
• Ask for help from a doctor, family, or friends.
• If you keep alcohol in your home, keep only a limited supply.
For more information, call Orders Counseling at (571) 308-8392 or (202) 596-2350.

About Orders Counseling

Orders Counseling provides psychotherapy for teens, couples, and individuals in the Washington, D.C. metro area. My mission is to help you reach your full potential so you can achieve lasting change.
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