Cautions to consider

Is moderate drinking OK for anyone who wants to change their drinking? There are a number of situations in which any drinking is not a good idea. Consider this:

  • Any drinking may be risky and could affect your health if any of the following are true.
    • If you are under the care of a doctor for a health problem (e.g., hypertension) or if you have a history of health problems. If so, consider talking to your doctor about your interest in cutting back on your drinking.
    • If you are taking any medications or supplements. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has published a brochure on alcohol/medication interactions that we recommend you look at.
    • There is no known safe level of drinking if you are pregnant.
  • If you are on probation any drinking can be a violation of your probation.
  • If any drinking will likely lead to problems in your relationships with others (e.g., your partner).
  • There is no safe level of drinking and driving. ANY alcohol in your system affects your ability to drive.
  • If you are under 21, any drinking is illegal. Many states have no tolerance for underage drinking and driving.
  • If you mix alcohol and drugs. If you are considering stopping your drug use, any alcohol in your system can affect your ability to stay away from drugs.