For a Healthier New Year
Being aware of the drug abuse epidemic is the first step in stopping its spread. And preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use increases the chances that people will live long and healthy lives.
How is drug abuse defined? Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking (five or more drinks during a single occasion for men, four or more drinks on a single occasion for women), underage drinking, drinking while pregnant, and alcohol-impaired driving. Drug abuse includes any inappropriate use of prescription drugs, over-the counter drugs and any use of illicit drugs. Alcohol and other drug use can impede judgment and lead to harmful risk-taking behavior.
Individuals can do several things to stem the epidemic:
- Don’t use illicit drugs, misuse prescription medications or indulge in binge drinking.
- Seek help from your healthcare provider for substance abuse disorders.
- Safely store and properly dispose of prescription medications. Do not share prescription drugs with others.
- Avoid driving if drinking alcohol or after taking any drug (illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter) that can alter your ability to operate a motor vehicle.
- Don’t supply underage young people with alcohol. Ensure that youth cannot access alcohol in your home.
Encouragement for New Year’s Resolutions
Begin with the end in mind.
— American proverb
The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
— Chinese Proverb
It is no use to wait for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.
— Belgian Proverb
Anger is the one thing made better by delay.
— English Proverb
It is better to prevent than to cure.
— Peruvian proverb
Source: World of Proverbs.com http://www.worldofproverbs.com/2012/05/public-domain-published-before-1923.html