Adult Overconsumption

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The CCPC Alcohol Misuse & Abuse Prevention Coalition specifically addresses underage drinking and adult overconsumption, along with some of the dangerous behaviors that result from overconsumption.

Binge Drinking

What is excessive alcohol use?

U.S. standard drink sizes:

  • 12 ounces of 5% ABV beer
  • 8 ounces of 7% ABV malt liquor
  • 5 ounces of 12% ABV wine
  • 1.5 ounces of 40% ABV (80-proof) distilled spirits or liquor (examples: gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)

How does excessive drinking affect us?

  • 88,000 deaths per year
  • Violence, injuries, and motor vehicle crashes
  • Risky sexual behaviors, unintended pregnancies, miscarriage and stillbirth
  • Chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure
  • $249 billion economic cost

Binge drinking is the main problem

  • Over 90% of excessive drinkers binge drink
  • 1 in 6 more than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink
  • Binge drinkers do so about 4 times a month
  • Binge drinkers average 8 drinks per binge
  • Most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics

If you choose to drink, do so in moderation

  • No one should begin drinking or drink more frequently based on potential health benefits
  • Up to 1 drink a day for women
  • Up to 2 drinks a day for men
  • Don’t drink at all if you are under age 21, pregnant or may be pregnant, or have health problems that could be made worse by drinking

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