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5 Ways to Avoid Overdrinking During the Holidays

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How do you know if you're just having a little fun or if you've crossed the line and have a drinking problem?
Air Date: 12/17/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Indra Cidambi, MD
Indra CidambiIndra Cidambi, MD, is recognized as a leading expert and pioneer in the field of Addiction Medicine. She founded the Center for Network Therapy (CNT), New Jersey's first state licensed Ambulatory (Outpatient) Detoxification care and treatment facility, and currently serves as its Medical Director.

Dr. Cidambi works to help patients addicted to substances such as alcohol, anesthetics, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone. With CNT's superior client care and high quality treatment, Dr, Cidambi and her clinical team have successfully detoxed over 600 patients in nearly three years. Before starting CNT's Ambulatory Detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Detoxification and Rehabilitation at Summit Oaks Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.

Dr. Cidambi received her medical degree from Tashkent State Medical Institute in the former U.S.S.R and completed her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She was then selected for the prestigious Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Cidambi is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and double Board Certified in Addiction Medicine (ABAM, ABPN). She is fluent in five languages, including Russian.
5 Ways to Avoid Overdrinking During the Holidays
You may love to wind down at the end of your day with a glass of wine; even more so during the holidays. The holidays and toasts to the New Year present the perfect excuses to celebrate.

But, when one drink turns into one too many, it's good to plan ahead to know how to say no and avoid overindulging or going overboard.

The stress of daily living can easily build up during this busy time of year, causing some people to use the holiday spirit as an excuse to indulge in their weaknesses. Many turn to alcohol or drugs to help cope with the pressure.

What are five steps you can use to avoid going overboard?
  1. Watch for build-up
  2. Identify triggers
  3. Plan ahead
  4. Speak up
  5. Choose your events

Listen in as Indra Cidambi, MD, shares the five ways to avoid over-drinking throughout the holidays.
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