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The start of a new year is a great time to make resolutions and aim to be a better, healthier person. We all know that eating well and exercising regularly are keys to a healthy and happy life, but what adjustments should you make when it comes to substance use?
Like most things, alcohol should be consumed in moderation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that most women have no more than 1 drink a day, most men have no more than 2 a day and people younger than 21 and pregnant women have no alcohol at all. When consuming alcohol, it is important to adhere to these guidelines in order to minimize your risk for many health problems including addiction. Keep in mind, CASAColumbia defines risky users as people who exceed these guidelines.
In addition to watching what you drink, it is important to stop using tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes. While e-cigarettes appear to be a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes for people unable to quit, they can pose a serious health risk to new users, particularly young people, because they deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug. A growing body of evidence suggests that early use of nicotine increases the risk of addiction involving not only nicotine but other drugs as well.
This one’s a bit of a no brainer, but refraining from illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse is an essential part of a healthy life. Not only can using these drugs increase your chances of poor performance at work and/or school, accidents, assaults, sexual violence and other forms of bodily harm, but the more you use the greater the risk of addiction.
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