For youth in the first stage of alcohol use (having access but not having yet used alcohol), preventive measures are used. Therefore, limiting access to alcohol or other drugs, addressing any risk factors of the youth or family, as well as optimal parental supervision and expression regarding expectations are often recommended. The approach to those who have experimented with alcohol should not be minimized by mental-health professionals, since infrequent use can progress to the more serious stages of alcohol use if not addressed. Therefore, professionals recommend that the youth be thoroughly educated about the effects and risks of alcohol, that fair but firm limits be set on the use of alcohol, and that the user be referred for brief counseling, a self-help group, and/or family support group. Teens who have progressed to the more advanced stages of alcoholism are typically treated intensively, using a combination of the medical, individual, and familial interventions already described.
Some studies have shown that people living in areas with high levels of magnesium in the water are at lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although a cause and effect link seems to be present, it cannot be considered a determinant because of the multiple factors that come into play regarding the etiology of CVD. In many cities, even drinking tap water may not provide the protective effect one is looking for. The fact remains that the most reliable source for minerals is in the food we eat. But if one’s diet is lacking the proper nutrients, taking a mineral supplement is an easy way of getting the minerals one needs in the proper concentrations. So, if your doctor is recommending mineral supplementation, but you just don’t like swallowing pills, minerals can be added to the water in the form of drops or a remineralizing filter can be added to an existing filter or simply used to add minerals to tap water. However, the fact remains, the best source for minerals is in the food we eat.
Bacteria can begin to live or collect in rusty water. When this occurs, water must be treated because coliform bacteria can be present. Iron pipes in older homes, age on the inside of the pipe rather than the outside. Rust and mineral deposits begin to build, oxidize and can flake off. This can cause corrosion, cracks and breaks in pipes, which then will cause leaks in the home. If the home floods, water damage leads to a risk of mold which then becomes a health risk. If mold in pipes or sinks gets into drinking water, it will make the person sick.