ALCOHOL USE

There are approx. 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the U.S. This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death. In 2005, there were over 1.6 million hospitalizations and over 4 million emergency room visits for alcohol-related conditions.

THE STANDARD MEASURE OF ALCOHOL

In the U.S., a standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6 ounces (1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:

PATTERNS OF DRINKING ALCOHOL

 

Definitions of Patterns of Drinking Alcohol

o    For women, more than 1 drink per day on average

o    For men, more than 2 drinks per day on average

Excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, constant binge drinking, or both

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, which is defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men.

WHO SHOULD NOT DRINK

However, there are some persons who should not drink any alcohol, including those who are:

 

 

IMMEDIATE HEALTH RISKS

 

Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. Immediate effects are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following:

LONG-TERM HEALTH RISKS

 

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic (long term) diseases, neurological (brain) impairments and social problems. These include but are not limited to:

 

ALCOHOL USE WORK SHEET

 

  1. A standard drink contains 0.6 _________ of pure alcohol.

 

a)    Pounds

b)    Ounces

c)     Liters

d)    Gallons

 

  1. It is considered binge drinking when men drink how many drinks, or more, during a single occasion.

 

a)    10

b)    3

c)     5

d)    15

 

  1. What persons should not drink any alcohol:

 

  1. What are 5 immediate health risks of binge drinking:

 

  1. True or false, alcohol poisoning can lead to death.

 

  1. What are 5 potential long term health risks of excessive alcohol use: