Beyond Hangovers

A brightly colored cosmopolitan is the drink of choice for the

glamorous characters in Sex and the City. James Bond depends

on his famous martini—shaken, not stirred—to unwind with

after confounding a villain. And what wedding concludes

without a champagne toast?

Alcohol is part of our culture—it helps us celebrate and socialize, and

it enhances our religious ceremonies. But drinking too much—on a single

occasion or over time—can have serious consequences for our health.

Most Americans recognize that drinking too much can lead to

accidents and dependence. But that’s only part of the story. In addition to

these serious problems, alcohol abuse can damage organs, weaken

the immune system, and contribute to cancers.

Plus, much like smoking, alcohol affects different people differently.

Genes, environment, and even diet can play a role in whether you

develop an alcohol-related disease. On the flip side, some people actually

may benefit from drinking alcohol in small quantities.

Sound complicated? It sure can be.

To stay healthy, and to decide what role alcohol should play in your life, you

need accurate, up-to-date information. This brochure is designed to offer you

guidance based on the latest research on alcohol’s effect on your health.

exerpt from:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Turning Discovery Into Health

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