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Updated: May 25, 2013 6:42AM



April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence since 1987, the goal is to reduce alcohol abuse and encourage adults who choose to drink to do so responsibly.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, most adults who drink alcohol do so in moderation and are at low risk for developing problems related to their drinking. The key is moderation.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

The guidelines define a standard drink as 12 fluid ounces of regular beer, 5 fluid ounces of wine and 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits. Each of these standard drinks contains the same amount of alcohol.

Take some time to reflect on your alcohol consumption to ensure it falls within the moderate drinking guidelines. Physicians also can provide guidance on questions related to alcohol and health and can help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of alcohol consumption based on your family background, medical history and personal drinking decisions.

For more information, visit www.DrinkinModeration.org.

Eleni Tousimis, MD

President

American Medical Women’s Association

Violence, mankind go together

The Boston bombings resulted in three deaths and many severely injured, not to mention the psychological terror that many will never be able to forget. This violence has to do with its perpetrators wanting control.

All the talk about gun control and drug abuse focuses on the fringes of what is truly wrong with our society. Unfortunately, man is bent on violence. One has only to look at the history of the world to see that.

The only thing that God-fearing people can do is carry on with their lives and not allow the criminals to control them, despite their desperate efforts to do so.

Marie E. Roman

Tinley Park

Let’s spite the cowards

I thank God for us, the American people, and those who protect us.

Thanks to those EMTs, police officers and firefighters who ran to the victims of those who carried out such cowardly acts in Boston. Others were civilians who showed such bravery with no fear for their safety.

We live in the greatest country on earth, and we will bring all those who hate America, and think we will live in fear, to the bar of justice.

We do not fear the spineless weaklings who caused the deaths and wounding of our defenseless citizens. We will spite those cowards, endure and carry on.

Timothy D. O’Reilly

Chicago



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