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Binge Drinking Controlled

Limit your alcohol intake

(HealthDayNews) -- Binge drinking is soaring in popularity, especially among teens and college-age kids.

If binge drinking is the rage among your circle of friends, try following these guidelines from the American Council for Drug Education:

  • Avoid going out with people who make you feel uncomfortable if you're not drinking.
  • Set yourself a liquor limit. For example, tell yourself you won't drink during the week.
  • When you do drink, take hour-long breaks between drinks, and avoid drinking games.
  • Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic ones.
  • Don't keep beer, wine or hard liquor at home.
  • When you refuse a drink, put the money you would have spent in a jar. Use your savings toward spring break, a ski weekend or something else you've been itching for.
  • Avoid places where you'll be bored if you're not drinking or uncomfortable if you don't have a drink in your hand.
  • Take a complete break from drinking. If you don't feel better during that time -- physically and emotionally -- you may have a problem with alcohol.
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