Like many things, alcohol is okay in moderation. For people with addictions, however, they may have trouble deciding where moderation is and sticking to it. For some people, avoiding alcohol as a whole is necessary. It’s important to set limits and define what “moderation” is.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines moderate drinking as:
- “Up to one (1) drink per day for women and up to two (2) drinks per day for men.”
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines low-risk drinking as:
- “For women, [it] is defined as no more than three (3) drinks on any single day and no more than seven (7) drinks per week.”
- “For men, it is defined as no more than four (4) drinks on any single day and no more than fourteen (14) drinks per week.”
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) says that “certain people should avoid alcohol completely, including those who:
- Plan to drive a vehicle or operate machinery
- Take medications that interact with alcohol
- Have a medical condition that alcohol can aggravate
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant”
For individuals that are questioning whether or not they have an alcohol problem, NIAAA’s definitions for moderate drinking and low-risk drinking are a good starting point. If you go over the defined limits, you may have an issue. If you know you have a drinking problem that you cannot control, reaching out to Pinnacle Recovery may be a good place to start.
For those individuals who go over the limits and find yourself on the list of people that should avoid alcohol completely, Pinnacle Recovery is here for you today. If you find yourself drinking and driving, reach out to us today. You are not only putting yourself in danger, but also those around you. If you are going to drink, be responsible and do not drive. If you find yourself mixing alcohol and medications, please reach out to Pinnacle Recovery today. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant, there can be serious consequences if you use alcohol. Pinnacle Recovery has excellent programs for addictions and co-occurring disorders. Our trained staff cannot wait to hear from you. We want to help you get over your addiction and reach sobriety and recovery. Call us today at 1-866-301-0573.