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Alcohol - How Much Is Too Much?

Traci Wilson Traci Wilson January 11, 2018 0 Comments General Health

Alcohol is the most frequently consumed substance of use and misuse in Wisconsin, and during the holidays our alcohol use is typically higher than normal. Alcohol can add a lot of additional calories we don’t need, but it can also be harmful to our overall health.  Do you know what the risks are?  How do we define moderate and excessive drinking?  And, what category do you think you fall into? You may be surprised!

First, let’s define what a “standard” drink is. In the United States, a “standard” drink is any drink that contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of “pure” alcohol.  The image below helps us to picture what that looks like.

You may have heard that regular light to moderate drinking can be good for your health. Heavy or excessive drinking, however, can put you at an increased risk for injuries and long term health problems such as liver disease, sleep disorders, and depression.  How does your drinking stack up?  See the chart below for recommended low-risk drinking limits.  You may also enter your pattern HERE to get immediate feedback on how your drinking pattern compares to others.

To download a detailed summary of Alcohol Use and Your Health from the CDC, click HERE.