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.