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Alcohol Awareness

APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

Did you know that one in 16 adults in the US struggle with an alcohol-use disorder.  Drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.

Encourage friends and family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.

Here at Northwoods Family Medicine, we can discuss treatment options for problem drinking.  They could include:

  • Behavioral Treatments:  Counseling may help you pinpoint and change habits that contribute to your drinking.  For example, you might learn techniques to help you cope with stress without using alcohol.
  • Medicines:  Prescription medicines may also help treat an alcohol-use disorder.  Some may help reduce the urge to drink.  Others make it harder to tolerate alcohol, which may help you avoid drinking again.
  • Peer Support Groups:  With programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, people who are on their way to recovery support one another.  Support groups may work best alongside other treatments.

If you think you have an alcohol-related problem, talk with us about what treatments might help you.  Call for an appointment.  357-9400.