Mary Alice Reporting – Excessive intake of alcohol can have short-term and long-term effects and this month raises awareness.

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) board is providing education about binge drinking and that help is available.

Community Services Manager Veronica Spidell explains that, when consuming alcohol risks are involved, including short and long-term.

“A vehicular crash, someone could fall down, if you’re drinking while out on a lake or around a swimming pool, you could have a potential drowning. Alcohol poisoning is actually caused when someone drinks a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time and it can affect their breathing and heart rate.”

Long-term risks can include developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver disease, mental health problems, or learning and memory problems.

Over 11,800 Tuscarawas County adults were considered binge drinkers, consuming five or more drink on one occasion, according to the 2021 Community Health Assessment.

For Tuscarawas and Carroll counties, the substance abuse hope line is available, at no cost, and is available to help someone struggling with addiction. The number is 330-663-6812.

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