Enjoy a safer summer with or without alcohol
Things are gradually starting to get back to normal. Many of us will be seeing friends and family in person and going to outdoor events like barbecues and parties. Sometimes, alcohol is included at these activities.
Whether you’re live or staying virtual, if your summer plans include alcohol, the MHealthy Alcohol Management Program (AMP) has compiled resources to help raise your awareness, practice safer drinking habits, and even become sober curious.
Indulge your sober curious mind
“Sober curious is giving yourself the chance to discover the benefits of not drinking,” said Bethany Lemm, a health educator for the MHealthy AMP.
“Whether you take time off, make plans to reduce, or simply track your alcohol intake, it’s being curious and seeing how areas of your life can improve with less alcohol or none at all.”
Check in and slowdown this summer
The CDC recommends no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. For men and women over the age of 65, the recommendation is no more than one alcoholic drink per day.
Access AMP’s summer slowdown resources anytime to check in with your relationship with alcohol:
- Take the updated Summer Alcohol I.Q. Challenge and test your knowledge on positive effects of drinking less or not drinking at all. It only takes a few minutes to complete the five-questions. You might be surprised by what you learn!
- Take a closer look by keeping track of your alcohol using a tracking diary or an app like Saying When.
- Consider alternating one alcoholic drink with water, juice or one of these non-alcoholic, low-calorie beverages.
- Throughout the month of July, visit the new MHealthy Portal, powered by Asset Health, to get daily mini-challenges featuring simple tips and reminders on how to reduce or abstain from alcohol.
- Get tips on keeping your drinking at a safer, lower risk range, as well as tips to help make abstaining from alcohol easier.
One-on-one, confidential support
If you would like to talk one-on-one with someone about your alcohol consumption, the MHealthy Alcohol Management Program is always available to U-M faculty, staff and retirees with mild to moderate alcohol problems.
This brief, confidential health education program helps you look at your relationship with alcohol. It’s your choice whether to cut back or quit drinking altogether. Participate virtually or by phone. Contact 734-998-2017 or visit the AMP website.
Note, AMP is not for people who are severely dependent or alcoholic and need specialized treatment services.
View more resources on AMP’s Slow Down This Summer web page on MHealthy’s site.