What “not-so-healthy” ways do you use to get through difficult times? These are the responses to stress, emotional pain, or fatigue that cause un-healthy consequences or get in the way of healthier ways of coping. Be aware of them and be honest with yourself. To cope with emotional pain, stress, or exhaustions, some people:
Let’s look at one common harmful way of coping:
Guidelines for Limiting Alcohol Use
Guidelines: The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 (2020) says the following regarding alcohol use:
“Adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink,” and “Drinking less is better for health than drinking more.”
When alcohol is consumed, they recommend moderation, “by limiting intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men and 1 drink or less in a day for women.”
How much is considered one “drink?“
People often have more in a single serving than what is meant by a “drink” in these guidelines. A “drink” is measured as shown in the following image:
The impaired student: Substance abuse in medical students A relevant blog by a medical student: (Fry, 2015). A 4th-year Australian medical student wrote an editorial on alcohol and other substance abuse in medical students in a medical student journal. He described:
- The problem of alcohol use by medical students
- Management of alcohol use problems, legal implications
- Mandatory notification requirements of abuse in a medical student.
Reference: Fry L. The impaired student: Substance abuse in medical students. Australian Medical Student Journal. December 1, 2015.
Selected Resources on Alcohol Use
Helping Someone with a Drinking Problem – Includes “Recognizing the Signs” and “How to Talk to Someone About Their Drinking” By Lawrence Robinson and Melinda Smith, M.A., updated July 2020, HelpGuide, an independently funded non-profit that provides online evidence-based information for the general public to improve mental health and make healthy changes.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Find AA near you
Resources from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):
- Rethinking Drinking: A collection of resources for the individual who may be drinking too much for their health, including “How Much is Too Much?,” “Thinking About a Change?” and “Tools to Make a Change”
- Alcohol and You: Learn the effects of alcohol use on each organ. Some of them are not well known and may surprise you.
- Alcohol Treatment Navigator: Includes “What to know about alcohol treatment” and “How to find quality alcohol treatment.” See also NIAAA’s basic fact sheet on Treatment for Alcohol Problems.