United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Capitol Health Care Network - VISN 5

VISN 5 Patient Health Education

HEALTH TIPS
AUGUST 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness
Myth or Fact: Domestic abuse can be a problem for men as well as women? Domestic abuse or partner violence is a public health problem for women, men, and teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year women suffer nearly 4.8 million assaults and rapes. Almost 3 million men experience attacks. For teens, the statistics are even worse with 1 in 11 teens reporting physical dating violence and 1 in 4 experiencing verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual violence every year. Healthy relationships, empowering women, resources for victims, and penalties for abusers are keys to prevention. If you or someone you know needs help call the domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. That is 1-800-799–7233. You may also go to this trusted website: www.mentalhealth.va.gov or check with your provider for more information about domestic violence prevention programs and resources.


Limit Alcohol
Did you know that alcohol can not only damage your liver, brain and heart, but also raise your blood pressure? Alcoholic drinks are also high in calories, which is significant if you are trying to lose weight. It is very important to limit how much you drink.

If you choose to drink, how much is too much? If you are female you should not drink more than one drink per day. If you are male you should not drink more than two drinks per day. Binge drinking increases your risk of health problems, such as liver damage. How do you know if you are binge drinking? Binge drinking means drinking more than 3 drinks on one occasion for women and more than 4 drinks on one occasion for men. Although alcohol may seem to make things easier, drinking too much can make stress worse. Remember you should not drink alcohol:

  • if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • take certain medicines
  • or cannot limit the amount you drink

At your VA Medical Center your health care team is on your side. Your primary care team and medical center chaplains are available to talk with you and to provide support. For more information regarding alcohol go to this trusted website: www.prevention.va.gov

The VA encourages you to take an active role in your health care - we are on your side, working toward a healthier you! For more information about the program, visit www.myhealth.va.gov.


For more health information, visit VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

 

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