These definitions are straightforward and align with what most people know through direct personal experience or typical social contact. Moderate consumption is synonymous with the default notion of responsible, social drinking; binge drinking largely occurs during college years or early adulthood; heavy drinking is what happens when consumption gets out of hand and becomes a relatively obvious problem. Clear as these delineations may be, they beg another question: “What constitutes one drink?” This is important to understand, because serving sizes and alcohol content vary depending on a variety of factors. Drinking at a bar or restaurant is not the same as drinking at a private party, and the amount of alcohol in a drink depends on the drink in question: beer, malt liquor, wine, and distilled spirits all contain different percentages of alcohol. Here’s how the NIAAA defines a standard drink:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for around 88,000 fatalities per year. A study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimates the economic burden of excessive alcohol use at $249 billion for the year 2010. Data from The World Health Organization indicates that alcohol consumption contributes to around 3.3 million deaths per year – roughly 6% of all global fatalities.
Acute Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AW)
I may be a nutritionist, but it's very rare for me to say "no, thank you" to a glass of wine or a well-made cocktail. Drinking is a pleasure--but, of course, it can be overdone. When January rolls around, many people stop drinking booze to try to detox from the holiday season. (My good friend Carla calls it "ginger-ale January.") That doesn't mean you have to quit cold turkey, and in fact, I wouldn't.
Now, about those one to four drinks. You may be wondering what they should be, in the name of health consciousness. Here's my list:
Alcohol Detox at Summit Estate.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption is defined as drinking up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Binge Drinking is defined as drinking five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a two-hour period on at least one day over the course of one month. Heavy Alcohol Consumption is defined as binge drinking on five or more days over the course of one month.