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.

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