Am I an Alcoholic?

Posted on February 25, 2011

A lot of people don’t recognize their current level of alcohol use could be putting them at risk for developing alcohol problems.  One thing we look at is a standard for drink size.  That glass of wine you are drinking might actually be equal to two glasses of wine depending on the glass size.  A standard glass of wine is 5 ounces.  Here are some more examples of standard drink sizes. (Rethinking Drinking, 2011)

12 fl oz of
regular beer
= 8-9 fl oz of
malt liquor
(shown in a 12-oz glass)
= 5 fl oz of
table wine
= 3-4 oz of
fortified wine
(such as sherry or port; 3.5 oz shown)
= 2-3 oz of
cordial, liqueur, or aperitif
(2.5 oz shown)
= 1.5 oz of
brandy
(a single jigger or shot)
= 1.5 fl oz shot of
80-proof spirits
(“hard liquor“)
                         
about 5% alcohol   about 7% alcohol   about 12% alcohol   about 17% alcohol   about 24% alcohol   about 40% alcohol   about 40% alcohol

The percent of “pure” alcohol, expressed here as alcohol by volume (alc/vol), varies by beverage. (Rethinking Drinking, 2011)

Drinking Too Much Alcohol?  Find out…

How many standard drinks have you had on any given day?   Exceeding the daily limit, equaling over 3 drinks for women and over 4 drinks for men in a given day, increases the risk of developing alcohol problems. 

How many standard drinks are you having in a given week?  Exceeding the weekly limit, equaling over 7 drinks for women and over 14 drinks for men in a given week, increases the risk of developing alcohol problems.

A few changes can make a big difference in reducing your chances for developing an alcohol problem.  Visit http://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov  and see resources and tools for interactive worksheets and calculators to measure your current drinking pattern. Find tips and strategies for cutting down as well as a wealth of other information to help you decide am I drinking too much? 

Alcohol Effects

Despite any benefits you may have heard about light or heavy drinking, drinking alcohol puts people at risk for a number of problems including but not limited to: injuries, health problems, birth defects, and alcohol abuse disorders.  Visit the http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov for a further breakdown of the problems related to alcohol abuse and drinking too much.

Written By:  Bobbye Crawford, MA, LMHC

Bobbye Crawford is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a specialty in working with adults seeking recovery from substance abuse problems.  She is in-network with Anthem and Aetna and can be reached at 317-987-4589 for an initial appointment and outpatient counseling.  She refers clients who need intensive substance abuse treatment.  Some local facilities for substance abuse treatment include Community Health Network, Fairbanks, and Clarian Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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