|Binge drinking is associated with many health problems, including but not limited to |
- Unintentional injuries (e.g. car crash, falls, burns, drowning).
- Intentional injuries (e.g. firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence).
- Alcohol poisoning.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- Unintended pregnancy.
- Children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
- High blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.
- Liver disease.
- Neurological damage.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Poor control of diabetes.
|Alcohol Terms |
The Standard Measure of Alcohol
In the United States, a standard drink has about half an ounce (13.7 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:
- 12 ounces of regular beer or wine cooler
- 8 ounces of malt liquor
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or “liquor” (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)
Levels and Patterns of Drinking
- Heavy drinking
- For women, more than 1 drink per day on average.
- For men, more than 2 drinks per day on average.
- Binge drinking
- For women, more than 3 drinks during a single occasion.
- For men, more than 4 drinks during a single occasion.
Excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, binge drinking or both.