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S/O Too Old to Get Drunk: Why getting drunk should be a mistake

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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Question: How often do you drink alcohol?

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Less then 3 drinks a month

3-6 drinks a month

6-10 drinks a month

10-20 drinks a month

20+ drinks a month

Don't drink alcohol at all

I drink so often I don't count


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If you drink more than the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption, you may be wondering what exactly are the risks. What is the harm in drinking too much alcohol?

The recommended guidelines for low-risk drinking is four or fewer drinks a day for men and no more than 14 drinks a week. For women, it's three or fewer drinks a day and no more than seven drinks per week. If you drink more than that, your drinking pattern is consideredhigh-risk, or heavy drinking.

Risk for Alcohol Use Disorders

If you are a heavy drinker, the first risk that you face is developing an alcohol use disorder. Only 2% of people who drink at the low-risk level are ever diagnosed withalcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. But if you exceed the recommended levels, that percentage increases significantly, according to extensive research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). If you exceed those guidelines regularly, your risk of developing alcoholism can increase to 50%.

If you develop an alcohol use disorder, according to research, you also run the risk of developing other personal problems, such as losing your driver's license, losing your job, and having problems with relationships. Heavy drinking is linked to many personal negative consequences.

Risk for Health Problems

Scientific research has linked heavy drinking to a wide range of effects on your health. Almost every system in your body can be negatively affected by alcohol.

Heavy drinking has been shown to cause or contribute to the following health conditions:

Alcohol has been linked specifically to head and neck cancersbreast cancercolon cancer, and liver cancer.

Risk for Injury

Heavy drinking also significantly increases your chances of becoming the victim of an injury - inside the home and out. Alcohol impairment or intoxication greatly increases your risk of injuring yourself or being injured by others. According to the latest statistics, alcohol is a factor:

  • In 40% of fatal highway crashes, suicides and fatal falls.
  • In 50% of sexual assaults and trauma injuries.
  • In 60% of all fatal fires, drownings and homicides.

Risk for Birth Defects

If you drink heavily during pregnancy, you increase the risk of your baby developing a range of disorders known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The most severe effects of prenatal alcohol exposure is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

It is not known if any amount of alcohol is safe to drink while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is recommended that you do not drink at all. If you drink and it is possible that you could become pregnant, frequent home pregnancy testing can help protect your child from prenatal alcohol exposure.

Getting Help

If you are an at-risk or heavy drinker, you may want to read how other drinkers say their health has been affected by their alcohol consumption. If you have experienced negative health effects, you may want to seek help in cutting down your alcohol consumption or trying to quit.

http://alcoholism.about.com/od/effect/a/alcohol_harm.htm

Something also to consider is the example you are setting for your Tween. Even if they don't acutally *see* you drinking, the consequences are evident the next day and sometimes for a lifetime. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." - GK Chesterton 

by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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bzzybeemomof3
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM
Less then 5 times a year. No option to vote on. Lol
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by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Social drinker here  .. not too often :)

louannwilkins
by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

social drinker here.  not everyday or even every week

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by Queen25Princes on Jun. 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Alcohol virgin.
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pokey-pwa
by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I hardly ever drink. Every once in a while I may grab a 4 pack of some wine cooler at the store and I will have one...then DH will eventually drink the other 3.  I used to be more of a social drinker and maybe drink 1-2 times a month...but even then it was rare.

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