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Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

Don’t ignore the warning signs.

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Decompressing with a drink or two after work is common. But Dr. Kathryn Horn, Associate Dean for student affairs, admissions and outreach at the University of Houston College of Medicine says many people don't recognize the early signs of an alcohol problem.

“About 28% of U.S. adults consume amounts of alcohol that increase health risks. So, what's considered risky? More than 4 drinks in a day or 14 in a week for men. Meanwhile for women, it's more than 3 drinks in a day or 7 in a week.”

“Prolonged drinking can have life threatening consequences. Warning signs of alcohol abuse include: Feeling guilty about your alcohol consumption, having people close to you criticize your drinking habits, or drinking first thing in the morning.”

“Don't ignore these warning signs and get help before things get out of control.”

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