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Here’s another reason to stop drinking. A new study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health attributes approximately 20,000 deaths per year due to cancer are caused by alcohol abuse. In fact, The World Health Organization states that it’s the world’s third largest risk factor for disease because it causes heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. Dr. Timothy Naimi at Boston University School of Medicine says “It is important for people to know that yes, alcohol is a carcinogen, and it does increase your risk. That’s the bottom line.”

So what to do? Many of us enjoy a drink here or there but don’t consider ourselves problem drinkers. We hear these statistics and think, it’s time to just stop, but lack the motivation to completely abstain. Or, we realize that alcohol has taken over our life but don’t know how to begin fixing it. The solution for both of these scenarios is to start the process with the support of an alcohol awareness class online.

The goal of an alcohol awareness class is to educate the participant on the risks and repercussions of alcohol use and abuse. It’s a mental boot camp in which you are presented with enough research and facts about the substance to walk away confident with the knowledge that there is nothing beneficial about drinking alcohol. In fact, a widely believed myth is that a drink will get you in a better mood or lift your spirits when in actuality it is a depressant that will ultimately make you feel tired and depressed.

So, you are probably still skeptical and thinking that there’s no way to fit a class into your already busy schedule. Or, you don’t want others to think you have a serious problem by showing them that you are attending alcohol classes. The answer is to take your alcohol awareness class online! Yes, there are high quality and legitimate courses available to you at the touch of a button. All you need to do is a little research to make sure that the program you choose is designed by a licensed and practicing psychotherapist, is backed by an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, and has a customer service line to call with any questions. Once you’ve made this selection, you simply enroll in the class and it becomes available for you to read through whenever you have the time.

Online alcohol classes provide customers with the utmost in service. They are meant for busy people because you can enter and exit the program whenever you have the free time. There is no limit to the number of times you login and out and the program will hold your last spot for you. Then it’s just a matter of reading through the facts, and understanding the new tools that are suggested to help you stay sober. And, no one needs to know that you are taking the class because you are in the privacy and comfort of your own home! This means no prying questions from friends, family or co-workers. It’s your business and you can keep it that way.