Alcoholism is a disease which is chronic and often progressive and includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.
It is also possible to have a problem with alcohol, even when it has not progressed to the point of alcoholism. Problem drinking means drinking too much at times, causing repeated problems in your life, although you’re not completely dependent on alcohol.
So, here are 5 tips to help you monitor your alcohol limits
- If you choose to drink alcohol, do it in moderation.
- For men: no more than two drinks per day; For women: no more than one drink per day
- Men are allowed 14 drinks per week and not greater than 4 drinks on each occasion; Women are allowed 7 drinks per week, and not greater than 3 drinks on each occasion; over 65, no more than 1 drink per day
- Have at least 2 alcohol free days per week
- One drink is equivalent to: one shot of spirits, one regular glass of wine and one regular can of beer.
Please remember that if you are pregnant, operating heavy machinery, using certain prescribed drugs or plan to drive, DO NOT DRINK!