Have a safer summer with these drinking tips and resources


With summer now in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities for neighbor barbecues, road trips to sunny beaches, boating on the lake and other fun activities. Having an alcoholic beverage or two may also be included.

If alcohol plays a part in summer plans, MHealthy Alcohol Management Program has put together tips and resources to help keep consumption in a safer range.

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The Centers for Disease Control recommends no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. For men and women over the age of 65, the recommendation is no more than one alcoholic drink per day.

In the United States, a “standard” drink is any drink that contains about 14 grams of “pure” alcohol. That’s equivalent to approximately 12 ounces of regular beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor.

The following alcohol management resources are available to help the U-M community practice safer drinking habits and find alternatives to alcohol:

• Updated Summer Alcohol I.Q. Challenge — A quick, five-question quiz that reveals serving size misconceptions, the effects of alcohol and more. Faculty and staff who take the challenge by July 31 can enter to win one of five $10 Amazon gift cards.

• “Mocktail” recipes — For those planning to drink alcohol, consider alternating one alcoholic drink with water, juice or one of these non-alcoholic, low-calorie beverages.

• Printable tracking diary – Tracking when, why, and with whom drinking occurs gives a closer look at drinking patterns and habits.

• Tips on drinking at a safer, lower risk range.

• Tips to help make abstaining from alcohol easier.

• Alcohol Management Program — A brief, confidential health education program that is free to U-M faculty, staff and retirees with mild to moderate alcohol problems. Talk to an expert one-on-one, choose whether to cut back or quit drinking altogether, and learn healthier drinking habits. Participate in-person or by phone.


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