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Alcohol In Moderation

Posted on: April 3, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley

 

For many, alcohol is an ingrained addition to every day life. Whether it’s paired with a meal or found in a social setting, alcohol is prevalent in American society. However, alcohol comes with severe risks that can’t be ignored.

 

April is all about Alcohol Awareness Month led by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. founded in 1987. With alcohol being “the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States”, it’s time to address the 17.6 million Americans suffering from alcoholism.

 

According to statistics found on the NCADD, 88,000 deaths result from excessive alcohol use. It is also found that more than half of adults have some form of family history of alcoholism or problem drinking. Despite staggering statistics, alcoholism remains a continued problem.

 

Drinking casually at first may seem harmless but if a person is unaware of their limit, it is fairly easy to consume too much. Excessive drinking can lead to the following symptoms according to the CDC:

 

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems
  • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon
  • Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
  • Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment
  • Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism

 

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm

 

If someone is struggling with alcoholism or problem drinking, we encourage our patients to share with a provider. Providers are here to help and do everything they can to provide the proper resources to assist our patients. Patients struggling with alcoholism can even meet with a behaviorist to discuss behavioral health changes due to alcohol. Providers understand the struggle of addiction and ensure a confidential plan to recovery.

 

Alcohol doesn’t have to be eliminated from one’s life however moderation is key. Knowing that a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol can give you a better understanding of what is being consumed.

 

The CDC standard drink guideline: 

  • 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content).
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content).
  • 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content).
  • 5-ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey).

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm