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The Holidays and Excessive Alcohol Use

December 5, 20149 min
During the holidays, 79,000 deaths occur annually as a direct result of excessive alcohol use.With the amount of holiday parties you may have to attend this year, it may seem like alcohol and the holidays go hand in hand. Unfortunately, even though like drinking unlimited amounts of holiday themed drinks may seem like a great idea for a fun night ahead, excessive drinking can turn quickly turn your night upside down.Excessive drinking can lead to foolish decision-making, injuries, fights, domestic violence, and even death. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 79 thousand deaths occur annually as a direct result of excessive alcohol use, and they are not all driving-related.If you're someone who's not used to coming home from working and slinging back a few glasses of wine, or if you rarely drink, you may not know your alcohol tolerance.Obvious signs of someone who is impaired is the slurring of the speech, loss of motor function, slowed reaction times, and lowered reasoning ability.You may not even realize if you're on certain medications, you could be increasing your risk of having health complications, which can be extremely dangerous.What else do you need to know about drinking and the holidays?Dr. Preeti Jois discusses why drinking increases during the holiday season, the dangers associated with excessive drinking and how you can protect yourself (and your liver) throughout the holiday season.

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