|What is "High Risk" or Heavy Drinking?|
So, how much is too much?
When we really start to think about drinking, we need to know what “too much” actually looks like. Heavy drinking, which is often called “at risk” drinking, is alcohol consumption that exceeds the recommended daily limits:
What does this actually mean?
It makes a difference both how much you drink in one day, and how often you have a “heavy drinking day,” which is exceeding the limits listed above. Look at this chart:
Exceeding these limits places drinkers at greater risk for a wide variety of concerns, including the following:
This is a very general list, and does not go into much detail describing the various health, social, and psychological risks associated with high risk drinking. If you are interested in reading more about the specific kinds of risks and potential health consequences that are related to heavy drinking, please visit this page.
Bottom line – the more you drink on any day, and the more heavy drinking days you have over time, the greater the risk. And, not only for alcohol abuse or dependency, but also for other health and personal problems as well.
You might be reading this and wondering about it. Wondering if it really makes sense, or if it's just a bunch of academics throwing facts and figures around to scare you. Or, wondering what this might mean for you. Or, even wondering if this definition of heavy drinking means that you might have a problem. If that thought is bouncing around in your head right now, you might want to make your way to the next section by clicking the bar below to learn more about what "problem drinking" looks like.Share
|Last Updated on Thursday, July 07, 2011 01:07 PM|