California Ranks 34th in Excessive Drinking, Sparks Concern Amid Health Movement


California finds itself in the 34th position nationwide in terms of excessive drinking, with just over 19% of adults admitting to drinking in excess, as revealed by the UnitedHealth Foundation’s 2023 Annual America’s Health Ranking Report.

Dr. Archana Dubey, Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare of California, emphasized these findings.

The rise in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about its sustained high levels even post-pandemic. Health professionals note an increase in drinking habits, particularly among women.

Millions globally are partaking in the health movement known as Dry January, where individuals abstain from alcohol for the entire month.
Those who have reduced alcohol consumption say they have seen improvements in physical health and say thier primary motivation is for their mental well-being.

According to researchers, reducing alcohol intake brings various health benefits, including better sleep, improved mood, enhanced cognitive abilities, and a potential for weight loss. Moreover, it reduces the risk of multiple cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Dubey shares some tips and strategies for those aiming to drink less, which include journaling, mindful drinking (encouraging individuals to be aware whether they genuinely want to drink or if it’s just a routine if it is Change your Routine: Breathing Exercises, and Substituting Drinks when socializing to stick to goals.

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