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Excessive Drinking

How Much is Too Much?

For Men:

  • Excessive drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in a short period of time,
    such as a 2-hour period, or
  • More than 14 drinks in a week.

For Women:

  • Excessive drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks in a short period of time,
    such as a 2-hour period, or
  • More than 7 drinks in a week.

Excessive Drinking Is Dangerous

It increases the risk of many problems:

  • Cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver
  • Hepatitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypertension
  • Enlarged heart or weakening of the heart muscle
  • Cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, breast, and colon
  • Weakened immune system
  • Pneumonia and other infections
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Committing or being the victim of acts of violence
  • Depression, dementia, and other mental disorders
  • Suicide