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Did you know that 18.3% of males in Oklahoma are considered binge drinkers? Binge drinking results in less energy, less sleep, and less attention—and it doesn’t just affect the drinker but their loved ones as well. When you drink less, you are more focused and can enjoy quality time with family and friends. Excessive drinking does not mean you are an alcoholic or have an alcohol dependency. Binge drinking—the most common form of excessive drinking—is defined as consuming 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men and 4 or more for women.

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A little less alcohol each day throughout the week improves the health and wellbeing of everyone. It also results in weight loss and improved mental health. With a few less drinks, you can catch a lot more fish or score a lot more points on the field. A few less drinks = a lot more fun.

Drinking at home or at bars can be costly. By drinking less, you can save money and still have fun.

Drinking more than recommended guidelines for men and women can have both short and long term effects on the body. Short term effects include skin conditions, stomach distress, disturbed sleep, injuries, alcohol poisoning, and risky sexual behaviors. Long term effects include high blood pressure, increased cancer risk, learning and memory problems, mental health problems, and alcohol dependence.

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Alcohol triggers activity in the brain that affects the ability to get deep sleep – the kind of sleep that helps with learning and memory restoration. Your body may feel more tired from alcohol, however the quality of sleep is poor.

Alcohol can inhibit your ability to connect with others. It can also distract you from your family and friends. By drinking less, you will be able to focus more on those around you with both physical and mental presence. You may also find new friends that are interested in other activities outside of a bar.

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