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What Is a Safe Level of Drinking?

It is known that most people drink. But when does drinking become a problem, when do you consider that you had too much? There is something called the safe level of drinking. This is the limit that represents the amount of alcohol someone can drink without having problems or getting drunk. But what is that limit? Well, most adults can consume moderate amounts of alcohol, meaning up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and people that are older, without developing alcohol-related problems. Just to be clear on this thing, one drink represents one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 3 ounce glass of wine per 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. These are general levels because everyone’s body reacts a bit different from alcohol consumption. Some people get sick after just one drink or two; some have a tolerance to alcohol, and so on. However, basically, these are the limits in which alcohol consumption is alright, and it won’t damage the body, won’t affect the behavior or bodily functions. Furthermore, under these limits, no person should feel sick, except when they don’t drink at all and their body isn’t used to alcohol. In this case, the best thing is to keep in that way and don’t start drinking.

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Although this safe level is established for every adult, there are some people that shouldn’t be drinking at all. Among these people, there are pregnant women or those who are trying to get pregnant, drivers or other people that need to do activities that requires alertness and skills, people on certain medications, over-the-counter or prescription, people with some medical conditions that forbids them to drink any alcohol, recovering alcoholics and people under 21 years old. For these people, the safe level is no alcohol consumption.

Resources: http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/about/f/faq13.htm


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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