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Drinking Alcohol

At-Risk Drinking Levels 


“Holding your liquor” doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t drinking too much. At-risk or heavy drinking levels are:

  • More than 4 drinks on any day or 14 drinks over the course of a week for men
  • More than 3 drinks on any day or 7 drinks over the course of a week for women

About 25 percent of people who exceed these limits are considered alcoholics or alcohol abusers, and the others are at risk for becoming alcoholics.

If you drink too quickly, for instance, you can have problems even if you’re drinking less than the above.

Resource: Rethinking Drinking