Risk of Harm

Drinking alcohol has both positive and negative effects on one’s social life and health. Small amounts are fine and possibly even healthy – larger amounts are not! Drink with caution.

Here are some risks to consider:

One (1.5 ounces of liquor, 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer) or two drinks a day can reduce heart attacks and strokes but any amount over that limit leads to high blood pressure and increased risk for both.

The World Health Organization says alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death and disability in the world.

Alcohol plays a large role in many cancers, including mouth and throat cancer, breast cancer and liver cancer, as well as diseases of the liver and pancreas.

Heavy alcohol use is involved in domestic violence, falls (especially in the elderly) and risky behaviors.

Did you know that excessive alcohol use costs our society more than $224 billion a year? Excessive alcohol use is not only costly to society, it is an expensive price to pay for the health of you and your family.

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Center for Drug & Alcohol Programs
MUSC
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MSC 861
Charleston, SC
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