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March is Shared Decision Making Month – Healthwise eLinks

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The copy promotes timely health themes by highlighting topics in the Healthwise® Knowledgebase. Use the copy below on your website homepage or condition-specific pages, and create links to the related Healthwise Knowledgebase topics. You can also place the copy in emails, newsletters, or any other consumer outreach programs.

Did you know?

March is Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month, and the Healthwise® Knowledgebase contains Decision Points that help people assess their own values and preferences to help them make decisions. Decision Points are tools designed to help people get answers by walking them through a decision-making process that makes sure they’ve considered all the issues relevant to the topic and in the right order. Let people try them out by featuring Decision Points on your website. And join us as we celebrate SDM Month with blog posts, a tweet chat, and webinars.

Group of young friends having a drinkAlcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. The good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community. The Healthwise Knowledgebase offers many resources and lots of information to help your members and patients focus on alcohol awareness.

Try the following sample copy for a home page, blog or newsletter.

Sobering solutions

For some, one glass of wine complements dinner. For others, just one glass of alcohol leads to a lifetime of problems. A few symptoms—which you might not see as trouble signs—can signal the start of a drinking problem. It helps to know the signs so you can start making changes. Small changes can make a big difference in lowering your chances of having alcohol-related problems. If you think you may be dependent on alcohol and decide to stop drinking, don’t go at it alone. Seek medical help to plan a safe recovery. Get more information here. [Create a hyperlink to the Alcohol Abuse and Dependence Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw130547]

A shot of truth

Maybe your spouse or a friend has joked that you drink more than you should. Is there an ounce of truth in their jest? It’s easy to underestimate how much is too much. The warning signs are not always obvious. If you’re unsure if your drinking is a problem, try this interactive tool. Your answers are confidential, and it might help you see if your drinking habits are unhealthy or harmful. [Create a hyperlink to the Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem? on your website. DOCHWID=zu1466]

Ways to say no to alcohol

One challenge you might face when quitting drinking is rebuilding your life without alcohol. Because alcohol is such a part of many traditions, parties, and other functions, just saying no to a drink isn’t always easy. It’s hard to know what to say. It’s important that you prepare in advance, before going to places where alcohol is likely to be served. Here are a few things you can try. [Create a hyperlink to the Saying No to Alcohol and Drugs Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ug4813]

How you can help

You may be the first to recognize that your spouse, friend, or relative has a real problem with alcohol and needs treatment. That’s because the person may be in denial. Why should you get involved? You might be able to help them get the help they need. But first, you need information, education, and support. Here’s the information you need to help you help someone else. [Create a hyperlink to the Alcohol Problems—Helping Someone Get Treatment Actionset on your website. DOCHWID=tk2275]

Drinking and your health

Alcohol can be a safe and fun part of life. If you choose to drink alcohol, the key is to keep your drinking at a safe level. People who drink too much are hurting their health. But how do you know how much alcohol is safe and when alcohol is putting your health at risk? Here’s a place to start. Learn about the health problems that drinking can cause, how much drinking is safe, and when any amount of alcohol is unhealthy. [Create a hyperlink to the Drinking and Your Health topic on your website. DOCHWID= abj8190]

Teasers for Social Media (Less than 140 Characters)

  • Are you or someone you love struggling with drinking? Start here. [Insert a shortened URL to the Alcohol Abuse and Dependence Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw130547]
  • Do you have a drinking problem? Use this interactive tool to find out. [Insert a shortened URL to the Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem? on your website. DOCHWID=zu1466]
  • Saying no to a drink or drugs isn’t always easy. Here are a few things you can try. [Insert a shortened URL to the Saying No to Alcohol and Drugs Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ug4813]
  • Learn to help someone get treatment for an alcohol problem. [Insert a shortened URL to the Alcohol Problems—Helping Someone Get Treatment Actionset on your website. DOCHWID= tk2275]
  • Learn about alcohol’s effect on your health here. [Insert a shortened URL to the Drinking and Your Health topic on your website. DOCHWID= abj8190]