Having a drink with friends can be a fun, social thing to do. But sometimes it can get to be too much.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Wisconsin is a top-six state for alcohol use and No. 1 for binge use. Neighboring states Illinois and Michigan are in the top 20 in both categories.
With careful research, the CDC found a harsh truth — excessive drinking is responsible for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults age 20 to 64.
Excessive alcohol use can lead to a number of health problems, including alcohol poisoning or alcohol addiction. Even the short-term hangover is your body’s signal that something is wrong.
This includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, any drinking by a pregnant woman or people younger than age 21.
Binge drinking is:
For women — 4 or more drinks during a single occasion.
For men — 5 or more drinks during a single occasion.
Heavy drinking is:
For women — 8 or more drinks per week.
For men — 15 or more drinks per week.
A drink equals:
12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol)
8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol)
5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol)
1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor – such as whiskey, gin, rum, vodka(40% alcohol)
The CDC notes there are real health risks with excessive drinking, which often involves binge drinking.
Excessive drinking can lead to chronic diseases and problems.
You might have heard a friend say, “I’m fine… I don’t have a problem.” Here are some questions to ask to see if there might be a problem with alcohol:
If you or a loved one answers ‘yes,’ to any of these questions, there may be a problem with alcohol.
If you have concerns about the alcohol use of someone you care about, we have suggestions for how to approach the topic.
Now that you’re more informed, if you’d like to cut back on drinking, consider these suggestions:
If you have questions about alcohol use, visit with your health care professional or find a qualified behavioral health addiction specialist.
It’s never too late to take a positive step forward.