A Guide to Low-Risk Drinking & Strategies for Cutting Back

What is a Low Risk Drinking Limit?

Healthy men up to age 65: No more than 14 drinks per week and no more than 4 drinks on a single occasion.

Healthy women of 65: No more than 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 on a single occasion.

What is a Standard Drink?

Beer: One 12oz 5% ABV

Shot: One 1.5oz 40% ABV

Wine: One 5oz Glass 13% ABV

Should I Stop Drinking or Just Cut Down?

You Should Stop Drinking If:

You Should Try to Drink at Low-Risk Levels If:

***You should choose low risk drinking only if all three apply to you and you do not have medications or conditions that would be aggravated by alcohol.

Strategies for Cutting Back:

What are the Effects of High-Risk Drinking?

  1. Alcohol dependence. Memory Loss.
  2. Aggressive, irrational behavior. Arguments. Violence. Accidents. Depression. Nervousness.
  3. Premature Aging.
  4. Cancer of throat and mouth.
  5. Weakness of heart muscle. Heart failure. Anemia. Impaired blood clotting. Breast Cancer.
  6. Frequent cold. Reduced resistance to infection. Increased risk of pneumonia.
  7. Vitamin deficiency. Bleeding. Severe inflammation of the stomach. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Malnutrition.
  8. Liver damage.
  9. Trembling hands. Tingling Fingers. Numbness. Painful nerves.
  10. Inflammation of the pancreas.
  11. Ulcers.
  12. In men: Impaired sexual performance. In women: Risk of giving birth to low birth weight babies and babies with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
  13. Impaired sensation leading to falls.
  14. Numbness, tingling toes. Painful nerves.

High risk drinking may lead to social, legal, medical, domestic, job and financial problems. It may also cut your lifespan and lead to accidents and deal from drunken driving. 
(Source: Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina)

Please feel free to reach out to us if you feel you need additional support. Dr. Bader is our Psychiatrist that specializes in treating patients that need help with high risk drinking.

We have urgent appointments available either on the same day or next day. We also have evenings and weekends available. Your treatment is highly confidential and Dr. Bader offers a kind, non-judgmental approach.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

Author
Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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