Info About Alcohol Use Disorder

Did you know that 1 out of 3 adults drinks at a level that puts their health and well-being at risk?

What are some signs that could mean that I’m drinking too much?

  • You regularly drink more than you intend.
  • You’ve tried to cut down or quit, but can’t.
  • While you drink, you engage in risky behaviors like drinking and driving or drinking and cooking.
  • You continue to drink despite problems it causes at work, at home, at school and to your health.
  • You spend a great deal of time drinking, anticipating drinking or recovering from drinking.
  • You spend less time on other activities that were once important or pleasurable.
  • Your drinking has led to arrests or other legal problems.
  • You notice you need to drink a lot more to get the same effect.
  • You notice physical symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, or insomnia when you try to quit or cut down.

What counts as a drink?

Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a “drink” of alcohol. A “standard drink” contains about 0.6 fluid ounces of “pure” alcohol. The following are all considered to be 1 “standard drink”:

Alcohol Consumption Chart

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “at-risk” drinking for men is 5 drinks in one day or more than 14 drinks per week; for women it is 4 drinks in one day or more than 7 drinks per week.