April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April 6th, 2012 by Claudia Sloan Leave a reply »

This year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is drawing attention to the risks to women from binge drinking, a dangerous behavior that leads to many health and social problems for women, particularly if they are pregnant or may become pregnant. For example, binge drinking increases the risk for breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke, all of which are leading causes of death in women.  But how do you know if you are binge drinking? 

Having 4 or more drinks during a single occasion is known as “Binge Drinking”. It is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or above. This usually means about 4 drinks for women.

What is “a drink”? How do you know if you’re drinking too much? Find out in the Alcohol Awareness Factsheet.

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