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If you are like many Americans, you drink alcohol at least occasionally. For many people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems. Moderate drinking is one drink a day for women or anyone over 65, and two drinks a day for men under 65.
Some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people on certain medicines and people with some medical conditions. If you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink, speak with your healthcare provider.
Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Binge drinking - drinking five or more drinks at one time - can damage your health and increase your risk for accidents, injuries and assault. Years of heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, heart disease, cancer and pancreatitis. It can also cause problems at home, at work and with friends.
NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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This guide is for those who wish to provide a course to accompany the Server’s Guide. The Server’s Guide is quite
general because it has to cover what is most relevant to the majority of people. However, the best training is more
specific, so it is your job to do some research and work out what is most relevant for each of the groups that you are
It is usually best to have students from similar backgrounds. For example:
• Retail (shops, supermarkets)
• Bar, café, restaurant
• Late night premises
People are very easily put off if they feel what is being covered isn’t relevant to them!
If you don’t have personal experience of working in a particular type of operation, then you need to spend some
time speaking to people who do. Find out what the common problems are and how people deal with them. You
need to build up a set of “stories” or anecdotes about typical situations and how they can be handled. These can be
used as formally as “case studies” during a training session, or just described at appropriate times to help learners
understand a point.
Monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STDs; Alcohol and other drug use; Tobacco use; Unhealthy dietary behaviors; physical activity; prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.
TEDS is a compilation of data on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of admissions to (and more recently, on discharges from) substance abuse treatment. N-SSATS is an annual survey designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, and use of alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities and services throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.
TEDS is a compilation of data on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of admissions to (and more recently, on discharges from) substance abuse treatment.
Presents trends in underage drinking by youth ages 12-20 years. Data were obtained from three separate sources, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Monitoring the Future survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The report presents trends for prevalence of alcohol consumption, drinking patterns, alcohol-related attitudes, and alcohol-related risk behaviors.
Examines trends in the consumption of alcohol in the United States. Findings are based on alcoholic beverage sales data, either collected by the Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System (AEDS) from States or provided by beverage industry sources. The report provides data on national consumption of beer, wine, and distilled spirits as well as for all alcoholic beverages combined; consumption trends for each State for the same beverage categories; and consumption trends for each type of beverage and all beverages combined for U.S. regions.
PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Includes indicators for Alcohol Use by Pregnant Women during Last 3 Months of Pregnancy
and Smoking by Pregnant Women during Last 3 Months of Pregnancy.
Provides education on substance abuse structured assessment and brief intervention (SBIRT). It includes an early intervention approach that targets individuals with nondependent substance use to provide effective strategies for intervention prior to the need for more extensive or specialized treatment.
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Powerful imagery shows teens and young adults how drugs of abuse damage major organs. A provocative and engaging educational tool. Back: Four critical-thinking activity worksheets and lesson plans on drugs of abuse: a basic neuroscience lesson on how the brain governs the body; an in-depth look at how different drugs damage various vital organs; an activity using a diagram to explore how abusing drugs can damage relationships; and an exercise on how to read a statistical graph on emergency room visits to show the impact of drugs on society.
This Alcohol Alert summarizes the state of alcoholism treatment research, explores its use in a variety of settings, and reviews new efforts for engaging people in treatment. Efforts to improve continuing care for those in treatment and to coordinate care for those with co-occurring disorders also are included. The Alert then examines how health services and financing vehicles, such as private and public insurance, influence people’s ability to access and pay for that treatment.
"This guide is for stakeholders in drug abuse prevention, treatment, and policy realms who do not have access to university library collections and/or costly scientific journals. It facilitates free, immediate access to scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, and book chapters through a variety of global Open Access (OA) Initiatives."
The information presented here relates to the properties of alcohol, its consumption, and the effects that it may have on the bodies of individuals. This section is intended for a broad audience and can be used and adapted to provide basic guidance for the public regarding drinking. It can also be used to educate the general public or particular groups about alcohol consumption—for example, by incorporating it into health information provided through school curricula.
The aim of this guide is to cover the basic laws and responsibilities required of staff serving alcohol. This may be in an on-license environment, where the alcohol is sold and the customer drinks it in the place where it was bought, or an off-license one, where the alcohol is sold and the customer takes it away to drink elsewhere.
It will of course be of relevance for others who come into contact with alcohol as part of their work in the hospitality or retail industries.
Selling alcohol requires many skills and involves legal responsibilities - that is, the things you have to do as part of your job in order to comply with the laws. You also need to be aware of your social responsibilities - that is, the things you should do to run a good business and have a positive impact on your community.
The following is a list of targeted interventions that have been implemented in countries around the world with the common goal of reducing harm around alcohol consumption. The examples cover several broad areas and are arranged in alphabetical order within each category. Where appropriate, programs have been cross-referenced.
For individuals and organizations wishing to know more about a particular program, contact information is provided where available.