Alcohol is a very heated issue. There isn’t any other substance out there that has so many different opinions and contradictions about it.
Millions swear that they don’t have a problem with alcohol abuse, while millions of others will swear that it is a problem.
What are the facts about alcohol abuse? When is it a problem? Here are some facts that you should know about alcoholism.
There are different levels of alcohol use. Heavy drinking is not considered the same as alcohol abuse or necessarily alcohol addiction.
Heavy drinking is considered different by different institutions, but the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines heavy drinking as 5 or more drinks 5 times or more in the last 30 days, or slightly more than once a week.
Those who are at a low risk for having a problem with alcohol abuse consume no more than 3 drinks on any one day, and no more than 7 drinks within a weeks time.
In addition the the quantity of alcohol, many other factors come in to play regarding alcohol abuse, further clouding the issue. Of persons weight, sex and emotional state all affect how a person will react to alcohol.
In general, it isn’t as much the amount of alcohol, nor necessarily the frequency that determines whether or not a person is abusing alcohol.
Dependency is a major factor when figuring out if a person is suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder. When a person can’t stop drinking, has intense craving for alcohol and will drink at all costs to family and health, there is a real problem, even if they’ve only had one drink.
If you are worried about alcohol abuse, do me research and take the time for a serious self analysis. Being honest with yourself can open up the door to better health and better relationships with others.