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Drinking Statistics In The United States

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drinking statisticsGeneral drinking trends in the United States collected by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) show the latest drinking statistics and how it’s affecting Americans on a daily basis.

Drinking Statistics And Trends

Drinking statistic trends show that binge drinkers account for 43.1 % of men and 28.8% of women. 42.3% of men, and 21.9% of women, drink 3 or more drinks in a day. Daily drinkers account for 5.78% of men, and 2.45% of women.  10 % of men, and 5.55% of women, drink at least 3-4 times a week.

Drinking Statistics: Standard Drink

Usually people are surprised to learn what actually counts as a standard drink. The amount of liquid in your glass does not always match up with how much alcohol is contained in that glass. Different types of wine, beer, and malt liquors have different amounts of alcohol content.  Mixed drinks also may contain 1 or more standard drinks in one serving.

12 fl oz of regular beer = about 5% of alcohol

8-9 fl oz of malt liquor =about 7% of alcohol

5 fl oz of table wine – about 12% of alcohol

41.5 fl oz shot of 80 proof hard liquor (whiskey, gin, rum, vodka, tequila, etc.) = about 40% alcohol

The percent of “pure” alcohol, expressed here as alcohol by volume (alc/vol), varies by beverage.

Drinking Statistics: Heavy Drinking & Binge Drinking

Heavy drinking: the definition for heavy drinking is consuming more than 4 drinks in a single day or 14 drinks in a week. An estimated 1 in 4 people who drink above these levels already has alcoholism or alcohol dependency problems.

Binge drinking: the definition of Binge drinking is the consumption of 3-5 drinks within a 2 hour span where the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels reach 0.08g/dL. For women, this usually occurs after about the 4th drink and for men, after about the 5th. These factors may also change based on weight, health, age, and drinking habits. Binge drinking can also pose health and safety risks, including car crashes, injuries, and even death. Over the long term, binge drinking and heavy drinking can damage the liver, brain, and other organs.

Drinking Statistics: Alcohol Effects On The Body

Brain: Alcohol affects brain development in teens and young adults, can cause mood and behavioral issues, and cause problems with memory, motor skills, and general cognitive skills. It can also cause brain damage if cosumed too quickly or too much over a period of time.

Heart: Heavy drinking over a period of time, or binge drinking, can cause Cardiomyopathy (stretching and drooping of heart muscle), Arrhythmias (Irregular heart beat), Stroke, and High Blood Pressure.

Liver: Heavy drinking , or binge drinking, can lead to a variety of problems with the liver including Steatosis (fatty liver), Alcoholic hepatitis, Fibrosis, and Cirrhosis.

Cancer: Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, or even breast cancer.

Immune System: Heavy drinking can weaken the immune system making it an easy target to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis. Binge drinking will also slow your body’s ability to fight off infection, even up to 24 hours after your last drink. Chronic drinkers are more likely to be ill than the average drinker.

Understanding drinking statistics and having awareness on alcohol consumption and alcoholism can not only prevent future drinking issues, but help those who may be suffering from alcohol dependence.  If you would like to learn more about alcoholism and alcohol treatment programs, please contact our 24 hour helpline today at 1-800-861-1768.

Written By: Watershed Ashling

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