High Risk Drinking Defined
Underage Drinking: Any use of alcohol by youth who are under age 21
Binge Drinking: 5+ drinks in 2 hours for males; 4+ drinks in 2 hours for females
Heavy Drinking: Exceeds 2 drinks per day for males; Exceeds 1 drink per day for females
[title size=”2″]Low Risk Drinking Guide[/title]
COUNT ON THESE NUMBERS*:
- ZERO drinks for those who
- are under the age of 21
- are driving, cycling, or operating equipment
- who have medical issues (pregnancy, diabetes, in recovery, conflicting medications, etc.)
- ONE drink per hour is about all our bodies can process
- Limiting drinking to TWO times per week results in less negative consequences for young adults ages 21 to 25
- THREE drinks or less on a special occasion reduces the likelihood of experiencing alcohol-related problems
Research shows that people who start drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years. Young adults who are ages 21 and over who keep their alcohol use in the low-risk drinking limits are healthier, less depressed, have fewer social problems and fewer difficulties at school or work.
*”0-1-2-3″ concept used with permission from Randy Haveson, creator of “Party with a Plan“.