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What is moderate drinking?

According to the CDC and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women (not to exceed 7 drinks in a week) and no more than 2 drinks per day for men (1 drink per hour and not to exceed 14 drinks in a week). 

  • It takes one hour for one standard drink to metabolize in your system.

Why should I stick to these guidelines?

Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for an average of 79,000 deaths in the United States each year. Approximately, 1,825 of them are college students. More than half of all these deaths are due to binge drinking. Excessive drinking is also associated with physical injuries to self and others as well as sexual assaults.

What is excessive or risky drinking?

Excessive or risky drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, any drinking by people younger than age 21, and anyone who is currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. 

  • Binge drinking, the most common form of drinking, is defined as consuming
  • For women, 4 or more drinks during a single occasion. 
    For men, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion.
  • Heavy drinking is defined as consuming
  • For women, 8 or more drinks per week.
  • For men, 15 or more drinks per week.