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Drinking Safely

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 Drinking Safely

Alcohol is a drug that’s safe in moderation but, if abused, it can cause immediate and long-term harm. Find out how to enjoy drinking without the risks.

The effects of alcohol need to be understood. Alcohol is a drug, and as such alters a person’s physical and mental state.

When alcohol hits the brain, a sense of well being and relaxation, a lessening of tension and inhibitions, slurred speech and unsteadiness soon follow.

Binge drinking is associated with accidents, violence and crime, as well as a hangover the next day, with headaches, vomiting and indigestion.

To enjoy alcohol without the risks, it’s best to stick to recommended safe amounts. Government guidelines advise men to drink no more than three to four units of alcohol a day and women to drink no more than two to three units of alcohol a day.

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