Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, and, of course, how much you drink.

How much is too much?

It could mean drinking too much at one time, drinking too often, or both. It’s important to be aware of how much you are drinking, whether your drinking pattern is risky, the harm that some drinking patterns can cause, and ways to reduce your risks.

Thinking about a change?

The decision to change your drinking is up to you. Mixed feelings are normal. It can help to weigh your pros and cons using our interactive worksheet. Don’t wait to “hit bottom,” as changing sooner rather than later is always better. Once you’re ready to cut down or quit, you’ll find many helpful suggestions in the links below.

Pros & Cons: It’s up to you as to whether and when to change your drinking. Other people may be able to help, but in the end, it’s your decision. Weighing your pros and cons can help.

Tips to Try: Small changes can make a big difference in reducing your chances of having alcohol-related problems. Whatever strategies you choose, give them a fair trial. If one approach doesn’t work, try something else. But if you haven’t made progress in cutting down after 2 to 3 months, consider quitting drinking altogether, seeking professional help, or both.

For anyone who drinks, this site offers valuable, research-based information. What do you think about taking a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health? Rethinking Drinking can help you get started.


It seems innocent enough: The party to celebrate the big game, the celebration to end Rush Week or the bash to ring in the weekend. Yet, the consequences that come with simply hosting a party where alcohol is served to people who are underage can change the party atmosphere into a sobering experience.

Many young people, age 21 to 24, especially those on college campuses, do not know that hosting a party and allowing underage friends to possess or consume alcohol could be a risky proposition to be a party to teenage drinking,
BUZZKILL: Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over is an eye-catching social host campaign that gives colleges the tools to let students understand the consequences when hosting parties with alcohol and underage people attend. Read More
Bring this campaign to your school, contact:
Diane Bonelli, B.A., Prevention Connections Director
dbonelli@fgcwc.org  908-223-1985 Ext. 303