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Brought to you by Barb Colter, Clinic Administrator of the Maple Street Clinic on Maple Street in Forest Grove.

Barb Colter

This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the providers

at Maple Street Clinic encourage you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of excessive alcohol

consumption.

There may be an issue if the answer is yes to one or more of

these questions:

• Are there times when you are unable to stop drinking once

you have started?

• Does it take more drinks than before to get "high?"

• Do you feel a strong urge to drink?

• Do you change your plans so that you can have a drink?

• Do you ever drink in the morning to relieve the shakes?

• Do you experience tremors, night sweats, or mood disturbances in the absence of alcohol?

• Has your drinking ever caused you problems with your family, work (or school) performance, or accidents/ injuries?

Excessive alcohol consumption increases risk of injury, violence, drowning, and health problems – including liver disease, and some types of cancer. Alcohol consumption should

be limited to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men. (Note: A standard drink is l2 grams of pure alcohol, which is equal to one l2-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or l.5 ounces of distilled spirits.) Abstinence of alcohol is advised if you believe you have

developed a dependence, are pregnant or trying to conceive,

or have a contraindicated medical condition or medication.

If you are in need of assistance to stop drinking, please contact

your medical provider.

Maple Street Clinic P.C.

1825 MAPLE ST.,

FOREST GROVE, OR 97116

503.357.2136

www.maplestreetclinic.com

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