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
- Memory loss
- Poor decision making
More Severe and long-term side effects include:
- Brain damage
- Liver disease
- 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