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Doctors urge people to be aware of the amount of alcohol they drink

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Drinking is a large part of the badger state's culture.

As Alcohol Awareness month continues through April, area doctors are advocating for self-reflection, looking out for signs of alcohol use disorder (AUD).

According to a study by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, AUD is can be found in more than 14 million Americans, in some, as young as 12 years old.

"For us to call something an alcohol use disorder it's starting to impair some form of life," said Dr. Desire Christensen, Psychiatrist with Aspirus Behavioral Health Clinic. "Maybe that's social engagements, workability (or) finances people are spending a lot on alcohol."

Dr. Christensen recommends people keep track of their alcohol intake and how much they are spending to put it into perspective.

Those worried about their alcohol use should reach out to a medical professional.

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