How to rethink your drinking habits

What does mean Rethinking Drinking

Rethinking Drinking is designed for U.S. adults who drink alcohol. It provides evidence-based information about alcohol and health along with tips, tools, and resources for those who want to cut down on or quit drinking.  Many of us do, often when socializing with friends and family.

Alcohol use disorder is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol or continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems. 

Unhealthy alcohol use includes any alcohol use that puts your health or safety at risk or causes other alcohol-related problems. It also includes binge drinking — a pattern of drinking where a male has five or more drinks within two hours or a female has at least four drinks within two hours. Binge drinking causes significant health and safety risks.

This disorder also involves having to drink more to get the same effect or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. Alcohol use disorder includes a level of drinking that’s sometimes called alcoholism.

What is considered 1 drink?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines one standard drink as any one of these:

  • 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of regular beer (about 5% alcohol)
  • 8 to 9 ounces (237 to 266 milliliters) of malt liquor (about 7% alcohol)
  • 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine (about 12% alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of hard liquor or distilled spirits (about 40% alcohol)

Drink Rarely

Drinks like aerated and sports beverages can have negative effects on your health when consumed in excess. They can increase your risk of diabetes. Alcoholic drinks, on the other hand, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, or liver disease.

 Drink Occasionally

Caffeinated drinks, diet soda, or packaged fruit juice may seem harmless, but they have been linked with increased risk of obesity and conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Drink Plenty

Embrace the power of hydration with water. Low-fat milk and 100% fruit & vegetable juice will provide you with essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, or vitamin D. These drinks should be enjoyed within the recommended calorie limits to reap maximum benefits.

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