Think Before You Drink

Think Before You Drink. This month’s Health and Safety Bulletin focuses on the dangers of excessive drinking. Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Women should not exceed one drink per day and men no more than two drinks per day. Pregnant women and people under the age of 21 should never dink alcohol. People who do not drink alcohol should not start drinking for any reason.

Excessive drinking is associated with numerous health, relational and occupational problems and can lead to an alcohol use disorder.

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is free and confidential help available 24/7 specifically for emergency responders:

Fire/EMS Helpline: 1-888-731-FIRE (3473). The Fire/EMS Helpline was created for first responders by members of the fire service. This program is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of firefighters, EMTs, rescue personnel and their families.

Emergency Responder Crisis Text Line: Text “BADGE” to 741741. The Emergency Responder Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message.

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