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Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health

June 20, 2022

To help adults who drink alcohol to better understand their relationship with alcohol, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recently published a major update and redesign of its popular booklet and website, Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health. “Rethinking Drinking was first issued in 2009 and has been NIAAA’s most popular resource. This updated edition of Rethinking Drinking continues to provide evidence-based information about alcohol misuse and offers a modern new look,” says NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D. “We hope that this resource continues to empower people to be mindful of—and to take charge of—their drinking patterns.”


The newly redesigned and updated booklet is available in both English and Spanish and provides information on:


  • What counts as a "standard drink" (also known as an alcoholic drink-equivalent) and how many drinks are in common containers
  • Recommendations about drinking in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Short- and long-term consequences of alcohol misuse
  • Signs and symptoms of alcohol use disorder
  • Tips on how to assess your drinking pattern
  • Strategies and tools for cutting down or quitting drinking
  • Options and resources for peer, professional, and social support for cutting back on or quitting drinking


For more information visit: NIAAA’s Rethinking Drinking Website.


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