Many people choose not to drink, for cultural, religious, or other personal reasons. A decision not to drink should always be respected.
Avoid or limit drinking when you are in risky situations. You should not drink when you are ill or if you are in a bad mood or situation where drinking doesn’t feel right.
If you cannot control your drinking, you should not drink at all. Some people have great difficulty in moderating their drinking. They may also become dependent, both emotionally and physically, on the effects of alcohol. Their drinking negatively affects their own health, and their behavior often adversely impacts their families and other people around them. With proper treatment, some of these people can learn to drink moderately, but for many, giving up drinking altogether is the only safe and healthy choice. Speak to your healthcare provider about your specific drinking habits and ask for available resources to help.