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April 2015

Limit Alcohol:  If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. On average:

  • Women and people over age 64: no more than 1 drink a day and no more than 7 drinks per week
  • Men no more than 2 drinks a day and no more than 14 drinks per week
  • Avoid "binge drinking" 
  • If you are concerned about your drinking, talk to your VA health care team about getting help.

 

Veterans Health Library: http://www.veteranshealthlibrary.org/
The Veterans Health Library (VHL) offers Veterans, their families and caregivers 24/7 Internet access to comprehensive, Veteran-focused health information that’s consistent with VA clinical practice. Its information, resources, and tools are engaging, “Veteran-friendly” and written in “plain language”. No matter where Veterans receive care, VHL helps them understand and manage health problems, make informed health decisions, and actively partner with their health care teams. Items within the VHL on Limit Alcohol:

Department of Veterans Affairs Resources

  • PTSD and Problems with Alcohol Use
    This site gives information on how PTSD and alcohol affect each other and where to get help.
  • Alcohol and Hepatitis C
    Use this interactive guide to learn what you need to know about hepatitis C and alcohol use, including alcohol’s effect on liver scarring, viral load, and response to treatment.
  • Living with HIV/AIDS—Drugs and Alcohol
    Use this interactive guide if you are HIV positive to learn what alcohol and other "recreational" drugs will do to your body.

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Topics surrounding alcohol use, including alcohol use and women, self-risk assessments, myths, truths and many more.

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