Health Matters

Alchohol: How Much is Too Much?

When to consider monitoring your alcohol intake.


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It's the time of year when many of us celebrate and that can mean increased alcohol use. Dr. Maureen Grissom, faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine discusses how much is too much.

“Excessive drinking can raise the risk of injury, violence, relationship issues, and many health conditions. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, one alcoholic drink per day for women and two for men, is considered drinking in moderation. No amount is considered safe for those who are pregnant or under 21.”

“Binge drinking: four or more drinks for women and five or more for men, does not necessarily mean you need intervention, but it might mean you should consider monitoring your alcohol intake.”

“If you, or those around you, feel you might be drinking too much, consider ways to cut back on your own, or speak to your doctor for support.”

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