Alcohol: What You Need to Know

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Alcohol: What You Need to Know


Alcohol: What You Need to Know

What is considered a standard drink?

  • 12 fl oz. of regular beer
  • 5 fl oz. of wine
  • 1.5 fl oz. shot of distilled spirits such as vodka, tequila, whiskey

How much is too much alcohol?

Binge drinking is the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time, bringing a person’s BAC (blood alcohol concentration) to 0.08

This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men — in about two hours

Did you know your body can typically only process one drink per hour?

Tolerance is affected by:

  • Your weight, age, gender, and metabolism
  • What you have eaten in the last 24 hours
  • Your stress levels at the time of drinking

What are the side effects of binge drinking?

Temporary side effects include:

  • Coordination problems
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Poor decision making
  • Shakiness

More Severe and long-term side effects include:

  • Brain damage
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac issues

Alcohol poisoning, which can result in unconsciousness, coma, and death, can also be caused by binge drinking.

Alcohol  use in America

  • Over 50% of Americans consumed alcohol last month
  • Over 15 million adults struggle with an alcohol use disorder (AUD)
  • 88,000 people die from alcohol-related cause every year
  • 1 in 6 US adults drink about 4 times a month


Sources: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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