However, just because alcohol has been shown to have benefits it does not mean that it is a green light to go out on a bender.
The amounts we are talking about are relatively small as is shown in the table below.
Moderate Drinking Guidelines
In the U.K. You can safely drink each week...
-21 units of alcohol if you are a man.
-14 units if you are a woman.
1 unit of alcohol is 1/2 a pint of beer, a small glass of wine or a small pub measure of spirits (not a measure poured by your Uncle Harry into a pint glass!)
In the U.S. the Surgeon General has decreed that it is O.K. ........
-For men to have no more than two drinks per day.
-For women to have no more than one drink per day.
One drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
Heavy or Hazardous Drinking:
This means the individual drinks more than the safe levels as set down by the medical profession. If you are a heavy drinker then you are damaging your mental and physical health. Consuming alcohol at unsafe levels means you have a greater chance of alcohol abuse symptoms like...
They drink every day and continuously. Their body has become dependent on the stuff and will go into withdrawals if they stop. Their drinking is impacting on every aspect of their life and they have lost control over it.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)