What is excessive alcohol use?
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What is excessive alcohol use?

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      What is excessive alcohol use?

      Excessive drinking includes:

      • For women, binge drinking is 4 or more drinks consumed on one occasion

      • For men, binge drinking is 5 or more drinks consumed on one occasion

      • For women, heavy drinking is 8 drinks or more per week

      • For men, heavy drinking is 15 drinks or more per week

      • Any alcohol use by pregnant women

      • Any alcohol use by those under age 21

      What is considered a drink?

      • 12 ounces of 5% beer

      • 8 ounces of 7% malt liquor

      • 5 ounces of 12% wine

      • 1.5 ounces of 40% (80-proof) distilled spirits or liquor (examples: gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)

      How does excessive drinking affect us?

      • 88,000 deaths per year and the 3rd leading cause of preventable death

      • Violence, injuries, and motor vehicle crashes

      • Risky sexual behaviors, unintended pregnancies, miscarriage, and stillbirth

      • Chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure

      • 223.5 billion economic cost

      Binge drinking is the main problem. Over 90% of excessive drinkers binge drink.

      • 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drink.

      • More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink.

      • Binge drinking is the main problem.

      • Binge drinkers do so about 4 times a month

      • Binge drinkers average 8 drinks per binge

      Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics.

      If you chose to drink, do so in moderation. Up to one drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks a day for men.

      No one should begin drinking or drink more frequently based on potential health benefits.

      Don’t drink at all if you are under age 21, pregnant or may be pregnant, or have health problems that could be made worse by drinking.

      For more information visit www.cdc.gov/alcohol


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