What Your Boozing Habits Say About Your Health

0
22
What Your Boozing Habits Say About Your Health

Are you a “Wine Enthusiast,” capable of putting away an entire bottle without a problem? Or are you a “Sipper,” who can barely finish a cocktail during a five-course meal? Or maybe you’re a “Doesn’t-Know-When-to-Stopper,” who just hopes against hope to land on the pillow at the end of a long night? (A single “drink” is defined as 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.)

We’re asking because your answer will mean the difference between exposing yourself to roughly zero health risks and a 40 percent greater chance of mortality. (Yeah, let’s hope you’re not a “Doesn’t-Know-When-to-Stopper.”)

Herewith, we’ve produced the complete guide for knowing who you are as a drinker, how big of a problem you have (if at all), and what the long-term effects will be. Because if you’re going to live your best life, you’ll need to know when to say when.

Light drinker
What Your Boozing Habits Say About Your Health
Shutterstock

Amount of drinking: Three drinks or fewer per week.

Types of drinkers:

“The Sipper:” One drink can last you an entire night.

“The Sports Fan:” It’s just not right to watch “Monday Night Football” without holding a beer.

How big is the problem?

Drinking alcohol is a problem only if you abuse it, and you are not abusing it. Beware, though: Statistics indicate that one of every 16 social drinkers will become an alcoholic.

Percentage of men who are light drinkers: 40.

Health Effects: None.

Transition drinker, phase 1
What Your Boozing Habits Say About Your Health
Shutterstock

Amount of drinking: Increasing from light to moderate.

Types of drinkers:

“The Social Drinker at Dinner:” Hanging with clients and coworkers sure is easier with a martini or two.

“The Escape Artist:” Your spouse is gone and the kids are driving you nuts? Yeah, you’re having a bourbon.

How big is the problem?

You used to have a drink here and there, but now there are weeks when you’ll have a couple every day. The amount is still safe, but the increase is a warning sign—especially if alcohol abuse is in your family history.

Health Effects: See “Moderate Drinker,” below.

PrevPage 1 of 3 Pages
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here