A woman once asked me how many drinks her husband could have in a day before she should start to worry. She says he drinks three or four beers in the evening on work nights and a lot more on weekends when he doesn't have to go to work the next day.
Another client worries that his wife's three or four glasses of wine in the evening could be the beginning of alcoholism. She says alcoholism runs in the family.
Both clients were quite surprised to find their partners' alcohol consumption was well above what are considered low-risk drinking levels. I quote some information on safe alcohol consumption levels below. First, it would be good to name a few of the "risks" that go with drinking more than the Guidelines suggest as safe.
What Risks come with drinking too much alcohol?
Unintentional Injury (Accidents)
How much can I drink before I am at risk in one or more of these areas?
Not drinking at all carries the lowest risk for an alcohol-related problem. The risk is not zero, however, because you could be killed by a drinking driver.
The guidelines for low-risk drinking set the limit at two standard drinks in any one day. They further set a weekly limit of 14 standard drinks for men and 9 for women.
To a former alcoholic these limits seem comically low, but the research suggests that the risks go up substantially if you drink more than the two drinks and 14 or 9 total for the week.
As low as these limits may seem, the Guidelines go on to say they only apply if you are physically and mentally healthy, are not on certain medications, have no family history of addiction or cancer, are not pregnant, are not playing sports and are not doing anything that requires alertness, like operating machinery. Otherwise, the risks go up with just one or two drinks.lt;p style="text-align: justify;">If you read this and say to yourself, "I'm alright, I only have a couple of drinks after work". . . . . Beware!
It is natural for people to underestimate how much they drink. In surveys where people are asked how much they drink, their estimates account for only about one third of actual alcohol sales. The 'forgetting,' underestimating and denial is consistent, regardless of social status, age or sex.
Something to think about . . . .