Excessive drinking can also have a dangerous effect on the people around you. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 16,000 people die every year in car accidents that involve drunk drivers. Furthermore, 1 in 3 violent crimes involve alcohol.

So, how can you tell if you or someone you know may have a drinking problem? Drinking whenever you’re feeling sad or depressed, others telling you should cut back on your drinking, and not being able to stop drinking once you start are all indicators that you might have a drinking problem and should seek professional help right away.

If you or someone you know appears to be struggling with alcohol, get help by heading over the Alcoholics Anonymous website at www.aa.org.

Alcohol Use & Your Cancer Risk  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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