Crap...does that mean Im an alcoholic? I have 2-3 glasses of wine a day......
For the benefit of our readers, here is additional information from the CDC site:How do I know if it’s okay to drink?
The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans1 recommend that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do not exceed 1 drink per day for women or 2 drinks per day for men. According to the guidelines, people who should not drink alcoholic beverages at all include the following:
* Children and adolescents.
* Individuals of any age who cannot limit their drinking to low level.
* Women who may become pregnant or who are pregnant.
* Individuals who plan to drive, operate machinery, or take part in other activities that require attention, skill, or coordination.
* Individuals taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol.
* Individuals with certain medical conditions.
* Persons recovering from alcoholism.What do you mean by heavy drinking?
For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 1 drink per day.Why do some people react differently to alcohol than others?
Individual reactions to alcohol vary, and are influenced by many factors; such as:
* Race or ethnicity.
* Physical condition (weight, fitness level, etc).
* Amount of food consumed before drinking.
* How quickly the alcohol was consumed.
* Use of drugs or prescription medicines.
* Family history of alcohol problems.What does it mean to get drunk?
“Getting drunk” or intoxicated is the result of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Binge drinking typically results in acute intoxication.
Alcohol intoxication can be harmful for a variety of reasons, including—
* Impaired brain function resulting in poor judgment, reduced reaction time, loss of balance and motor skills, or slurred speech.
* Dilation of blood vessels causing a feeling of warmth but resulting in rapid loss of body heat.
* Increased risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver diseases (e.g., cirrhosis), particularly when excessive amounts of alcohol are consumed over extended periods of time.
* Damage to a developing fetus if consumed by pregnant women.5
* Increased risk of motor-vehicle traffic crashes, violence, and other injuries.
Coma and death can occur if alcohol is consumed rapidly and in large amounts.What health problems are associated with excessive alcohol use?
Excessive drinking both in the form of heavy drinking or binge drinking, is associated with numerous health problems, including—
* Chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis (damage to liver cells); pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas); various cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (the voice box), and esophagus; high blood pressure; and psychological disorders.
* Unintentional injuries, such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries.
* Violence, such as child maltreatment, homicide, and suicide.
* Harm to a developing fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
* Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
* Alcohol abuse or dependence.