Drinking can be an expensive habit. You may not notice a dollar here or two dollars
there, but think about how much you spend on alcohol each week. It can add up.
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One drink is one 12-ounce bottle or can of beer or wine cooler; one 5-ounce glass
of wine; or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. The amount of alcohol in any
size drink will vary based on the amount of alcohol in the drink. For example, the
amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer can vary from 4% to 6% or more.
A 750 ml bottle of wine contains about 5 5-ounce glasses. A liter bottle contains
about 6 glasses.
A fifth of distilled spirits contains about 25 1-ounce shots. A quart contains about
32 shots, and a liter contains about 33 shots.
On average, your drinking costs are per week and per year.
Benefits to Health
A daily drink, such as a glass of wine, may lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Keep your alcohol use at a reasonable level so you can enjoy those benefits. For men,
a reasonable level is 1 to 2 drinks per day. For women, it is no more than 1 drink
About 1 in every 13 American adults - or more than 14 million! - abuses alcohol or
has alcohol dependence (alcoholism). Abusing or misusing alcohol can cause serious,
or even life-threatening, problems.
Heavy drinking may raise the risk for cancers of the liver, esophagus, throat, and
larynx. Heavy drinking can also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis,
pancreatitis, immune system problems, brain damage, and alcoholic hepatitis. It can
harm to the fetus during pregnancy. Some of these problems happen over time. Women
are more likely to have these problems in a shorter time than are men.
Hangovers that happen after having 5 to 6 drinks (for a 175-pound man) or 3 to 5 drinks
(for a 130-pound woman) are likely to affect a person's heart, nerves, and mental
Drinking raises the risk for death and injuries from automobile crashes and accidents
in the home. Drinking can also lead to public disorder, family abuse, or social difficulties.
Murders and suicides are more likely to be done by people who have been drinking.
Problems on the Job
Drinking can lead to problems on the job. These include absenteeism, lowered productivity,
and lowered quality of work.
Weigh the costs, benefits, and risks of your own drinking to see if your drinking
is affordable, healthy, and
safe for you.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional healthcare. Always
consult a healthcare provider for advice concerning your health. Only your health
care provider can advise you about your health.