How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? December 6th, 2019 The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake
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How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

Two glasses of wine.

Many people enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two at dinner or when they are out socializing. However, many people might also not realize that the amount they are drinking might actually be a lot more than what is considered healthy or safe. In fact, it is common for many “social drinkers” to consume more alcohol than what is deemed to be safe for the body.

The question is, how much alcohol is too much?

What is Considered a “Safe” Amount of Alcohol to Drink?

Different people might have their own ideas of what is considered to be an acceptable number of drinks to consume at any given time. Some might think it is two or three drinks; others might think it is one. Some may refer to one drink as an ounce of liquor or a glass half filled with wine.

When it comes to a reference point of alcohol, one drink is considered to be approximately 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is the equivalent of 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. The problem is, many people underestimate the amount of alcohol that is actually present in what they consider to be one drink. That is where people can fall down the slippery slope of drinking too much.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, people who consume more than 100 grams of alcohol every week – which is equal to approximately six glasses of wine – are more susceptible to experiencing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and even aneurysms. Simply put, people who drink more than six alcoholic beverages a week are at a higher risk of premature death.

This number is a lot less than the average amount according to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, whereby moderate alcohol consumption is considered to be up to one alcoholic beverage per day for women and up to 2 drinks a day for men.

Glasses of alcohol with limes and salt on a table top.

Drinking more than six drinks a week can increase your risk of several medical issues.

Based on the recent findings, it appears as though the current perception of what is considered a safe amount of alcohol to drink may not be aligned with the reality of alcohol use. That means there could be more people drinking more alcohol than is safe.

Moreover, the study published in The Lancet also showed that any amount of alcohol consumption could be associated with some level of increase in the risk of heart disease, no matter how nominal.

Of course, there is also always the risk of developing an addiction to alcohol when drinking, no matter how much or how little. While some people may be able to drink alcohol on occasion or in social settings without ever having a problem with addiction, others may be susceptible to beginning a long and destructive journey of addiction after prolonged alcohol use.

Beating Alcohol Addiction With Colorado Alcohol Rehab

The life of alcohol addiction can be a highly debilitating one, which can not only compromise your health but also your relationships with those around you. Those who struggle with alcohol abuse and addiction can reach the point of no return unless they actively seek out professional help from counselors and medical professionals at a Colorado alcohol rehab center.

By reaching out for help from facilities like these, you can safely and successfully beat the habit and go on to lead a fruitful life without being dependent on alcohol. If you or any of your loved ones have a problem with alcohol, call The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake today to learn about admissions.

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