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Drink Alcohol in Moderation

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The Basics

However, if you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting down or quitting. You should not drink at all if you are:

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant
  • Under the age of 21
  • Planning to drive a car or use machines
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescription medicine that can interact with alcohol (check the label)
  • Recovering from alcoholism

How can I Tell if I Have a Drinking Problem?
Take this quiz to help you find out if you or a loved one has a drinking problem. If you have a problem, it is important to see a doctor right away.

Start Today: Small Steps
  • Take this quiz to see if you have a drinking problem.
  • Set a drinking limit and write it down.
  • Print out this diary to keep track of your drinking.
  • Make an appointment to get your blood pressure checked.

Learn how drinking may affect your blood pressure and risk for heart disease.

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