Q&A: Moderate vs. Heavy Drinking
Where is the line between "moderate" and "heavy" drinking?
For women, moderate drinking is less than 2 drinks per day; heavy drinking is more than 7 drinks per week.
For men, moderate drinking is less than 3 drinks per day; heavy drinking is more than 14 drinks per week.
What are the lesser-known risks of heavy drinking?
High blood pressure; Heart arrhythmias; Increased risk of developing diabetes; Higher cancer risks; Mental health problems
How harmful is binge drinking?
Binge drinking can be just as harmful to your health as heavy daily drinking. Binge drinking also commonly leads to poor decision making, injuries, alcohol poisoning and impaired driving.
Can healthy behaviors counteract the negative effects of drinking?
While exercising and eating right are great things for your health, they don't really counteract the negative effects of alcohol.
Is alcohol more harmful for young people?
It's significantly more dangerous for young people whose brains are still developing and can cause permanent damage. Underage drinkers also are more likely to become alcohol dependent.
Can moderate drinking can be healthy and beneficial?
Some studies suggest that moderate drinkers have lower mortality rates than both non-drinkers and heavy drinkers, but more studies are needed to confirm this.
What do you recommend for people who want to cut back on drinking?
Your primary care doctor can help you create a plan. We are not here to judge — we just want to help!
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