Health disasters: Boozing, Losing & Lying

If you like to relax with a couple glasses of wine after work, you're in trouble. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the U.S. government says one drink per day is the limit for women, and anything more can cause a slew of mental and physical problems. That's why it's key to tell your doctor how much you've been bellying up to the bar.
There's plenty of booze at the bar, but are you keeping count of every shot you knock back?

Do you lie to your doctor? Or do you stay honest … for the most part?

Thirteen percent of U.S. women have more than one drink per day. U.S. dietary guidelines allow for only one, and an online survey from WebMD shows 15 percent of women lie to their doctors about how much they drink.

"We're not very good at all at figuring out who those people are," R. Whit Curry, Jr., M.D., a professor and Chairman Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., told Ivanhoe.

That means your doctor can't diagnose addiction issues, or prescribe the right drugs. Mixing Tylenol with booze can cause liver damage, and an alcohol aspirin combo can trigger internal bleeding.

Statistics show one in two people lie because they don't want to be judged. But fibbing hurts you in other ways. As a rule, men have more water in their bodies, meaning alcohol dilutes faster. Women have less water in their bodies, meaning alcohol dilutes slower. That makes the impact stronger, and exposes a woman's organs to more toxicity.

"When you think you're a moderate drinker, you forget, 'Oh, I had that glass of wine while I was cooking," said Dr. Curry.

Forget too much, and you develop a pattern.

"The normal tendency is to lapse into the old habits," Dr. Curry said.

So stay honest with the most important person -- yourself.

According to the National Institutes of Health, research suggests that as little as one drink per day can raise the risk of breast cancer in some women. Those most at risk include post-menopausal women, or those who have a family history of breast cancer.

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