Indulging in some alcoholic libations is a way to let loose and relax for so many adults. Yet, it is just too easy sometimes to have a little too much to drink, and that can lead to problems. Knowing how much alcohol is too much will definitely keep you from getting into some serious trouble.
How much alcohol is dangerous?
Unfortunately, alcohol consumption can be dangerous. While long-term drinking can lead to liver damage, heart problems, and more, even just one night of excessive drinking can end in alcohol poisoning. Typically, the average person doesn’t drink to this point of danger. In fact, for many people, our bodies will protect us from going overboard by making us sick before we get to that point.
Knowing just how much alcohol is actually dangerous is useful and potentially lifesaving. According to the Mayo Clinic website, alcohol poisoning is caused by too much alcohol ingestion in too short a period of time. This can result from binge drinking, such as quickly guzzling down five or more alcoholic drinks.
If you or someone you are with has been binge drinking and is unconscious, having seizures, vomiting, breathing slowly or irregularly, turning blue or very cold, or is confused, you may be facing alcohol poisoning. Get immediate medical help.
Alcohol poisoning often requires medical attention and can often be successfully treated, but there are cases when it can be fatal. Risk factors include things like age, gender, size, mixing drugs with the alcohol, and your overall health.
How can you tell if you’ve been drinking too much?
Knowing when you’ve had enough is all about what you are planning to do after you’re done drinking. If you are at home and will just go to sleep, you can deal with more alcohol than if you are going out dancing or doing some other activity. If you plan to drive your car, most individuals should stop at one drink in order to remain under the legal limit for alcohol consumption.
Besides that, it’s just plain dangerous to you and other people on the road for you to try to drive after drinking alcohol!
However, no matter what you are doing if you are drinking, you should pay attention to your drinks and count them, so that you know when to stop. Remember when counting your drinks that 1.5 ounces of distilled alcohol, five ounces of wine, and 12 ounces of beer are all considered to be one drink. If you have mixed drinks with multiple shots or a very large glass of wine, you can easily be consuming multiple drinks and counting them as singles.
If you struggle to be able to do the things you are supposed to be doing, like walking, talking, and standing up, you have had too much. If you feel sort of fuzzy-headed and that you’re just a little less sharp than usual, assume that you have had more than you should have in order to do anything that requires judgment, like driving.
How can you tell if you are drinking too much in general?
There’s always the risk that you are indulging too much and may need to cut back on your libations. Luckily, there are ways to find out if you fall into this category. Many of them you can do from the privacy of your own home.
One easily accessible tool is online screening. The website AlcoholScreening.org has an interactive questionnaire that asks you some basic demographic questions like your age, gender, and zip code. It then asks three questions about how much and how often you drink.
Based on the information gathered, the results will tell you if your drinking habits are problematic or not. To back up the results, if the questionnaire determines that you are drinking too much, they give you the percentage of the adult American population that drinks more than you.
Many of the situations you find yourself in may also indicate that you’ve been having a little too much on a regular basis. If you have frequent hangovers or have gained weight even though your eating habits haven’t changed, alcohol may be starting to be a problem. If your relationships suffer, your judgment is not what it used to be, or you are getting in trouble because of alcohol, you can also safely assume that you have been drinking too much.
Even if you are having a great time, it is wise to take a pause on occasion and ask yourself whether you are indulging too much. Knowing how much alcohol is too much can mean the difference between success and failure or even life and death. Realistically, when it comes down to it, you need to listen to your body and your common sense to know just when enough is enough.