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How Much Alcohol is Healthy?

Now, this is a loaded question! There are many opinions on this, and a variety of research has been done with varying results. However, there are a few commonalities. In the United States, moderate drinking for a woman is considered to be one drink per day. A drink can be defined as a 12-ounce beer, a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor, or 5 ounces of wine. These all contain the same amount of alcohol. The Center for Disease Control states that when a woman consumes more than one drink per day, they are exceeding a healthy level of alcoholism.  

A woman is considered to be binge drinking if she has more than four drinks in one day, especially if they are consumed in under two hours. Binge drinking can lead to drunkenness. Binge drinking is often the culprit behind many alcohol-related illnesses such as liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, or larynx, high blood pressure, and psychological disorders.

All women handle alcohol differently. Experts suggest that alcoholism may have very little to do with how much alcohol a woman consumes. One woman could drink a 12 pack of beer and not be an alcoholic, while another can drink a glass of one and have issues with alcoholism. So what exactly determines if you are an alcoholic?

Some common signs of alcoholism include the lack of ability to control how much you drink, drinking even though it is hurting your work or personal relationships, and an obsessive focus on alcohol. When you start to plan events and activities around alcohol, or you choose not to attend an event because they won’t be serving alcohol, alcoholism may be a factor for you.

For most people in recovery, regardless of what their specific addiction focused on, abstinence from alcohol is the best way to minimize the potential for relapse. Alcoholism impairs judgment and could deter you from staying true to your recovery journey. It isn’t worth the risk. When transitioning from a rehabilitation center or detox program, often a professional recovery residence is an excellent choice to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into a lifestyle of sobriety.

Villa Tranquil offers guidance, education, and support in a serene, upscale environment. There are a variety of recovery skills like meditation, healthy eating, and relationship building taught through different means to give everyone the tools needed to enjoy their recovery journey. Please call Villa Tranquil at 866-697-7573 to speak with someone about what Villa Tranquil has to offer.