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Alcohol use

Drinking too much can increase your risk of developing certain cancers and immune system disorders as well as damage to muscles and bones. Find out more about the effects of alcohol on the aging process.

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    Alcohol consumption: The benefit is in the dose

    Evidence-based Living
    Moderate alcohol use may have some health benefits (up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men). Alcohol use in older people may increase your risk of accidents including falls and fractures.
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    Alcohol use disorder

    Mayo Clinic
    Unhealthy alcohol use can lead to serious problems. It is important to get early treatment. Details in this resource about how to recognize, treat and help others cope with unhealthy alcohol use.
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    Alcohol and cancer risk

    National Cancer Institute
    Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of getting certain types of cancer. Risk of some cancers are even greater for people who drink and smoke. Follow drinking guidelines to help lower your risk (details in this resource).
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    Alcohol use and cancer

    American Cancer Society
    Alcohol is linked to many different types of cancer. Drinking alcohol regularly increases risk of head and neck, esophageal, liver, breast, or colorectal cancer. The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk. Recommended alcohol limits are no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
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    Medical history for alcohol problems

    Health Link B.C.
    Your doctor may ask you questions about alcohol use as part of your medical history. If you have problems sleeping, headaches, digestive problems, changes in your heartbeat, problems during sex, or if you feel depressed or anxious, these symptoms may be related to alcohol use.
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    Alcoholism: Alternative medicine

    Mayo Clinic
    Alternative medicine yoga, meditation and acupuncture may help with alcoholism recovery.
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    Alcoholism: Coping and support

    Mayo Clinic
    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other services listed in this resource can help you cope with alcohol addiction, remain sober and manage relapses.
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    Drinks to consume in moderation

    Harvard School of Public Health
    Artificially sweetened drinks, diet drinks, 100% fruit juice, milk and alcohol are high in calories: drink these only in moderation. For some people drinking small amounts of alcohol may help to reduce the risk of heart disease or diabetes, but these risks are actually increased for heavy drinkers. People who do not drink should not feel that they need to start drinking small amounts of alcohol.
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    Alcohol and sensible drinking

    Drinking above recommended limits increases the risk of developing serious problems
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    Alcohol and disrupted sleep

    Avoid drinking alcohol before going to bed to improve your sleep. Alcohol prevents you from reaching the deep stages of sleep that gives your body the rest it needs. Do not rely on alcohol to help you fall asleep at night.

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