Many people with alcohol problems cannot tell when their drinking is out of control. An important first step is to be aware of how much you are drinking and how your alcohol use may be harming your life and those around you.
One drink is defined as a 12-ounce can or bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, a wine cooler, or 1 cocktail or shot of hard liquor. Think about:
How often you have any alcoholic drinks at all
How many drinks you have when you do drink
How any drinking you are doing is affecting your life or the people around you
Here are some ways to drink responsibly, as long as you do NOT have a drinking problem.
Healthy men up to age 65 should limit themselves to:
No more than 4 drinks in 1 day
No more than 14 drinks in a week
Healthy women up to age 65 should limit themselves to:
No more than 3 drink in 1 day
No more than 7 drinks in a week
Healthy women of all ages and healthy men over age 65 should limit themselves to:
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David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.