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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month Niobrara Community Hospital encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

  • Wyoming has averaged 1,100 alcohol-involved crashes for each of the last ten years.
  • More than 50 people die each year in Wyoming as a result of alcohol-involved crashes.
  • The average blood alcohol content for persons arrested for DUI in Wyoming is almost double the legal limit.
  • Almost 90% of persons who die in alcohol-involved crashes in Wyoming were not wearing their seatbelt.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don’t drink when you are upset.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.
  • If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.

Note: Wyoming statistics provided by: http://www.wygcid.org/wyoming-statistics.html

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