Differences between standard and heavy drink

What is a standard drink considered to be?

In today’s world, we can find a majority of people consuming alcohol. So with these large masses drinking in random quantities, it is quite difficult to ascertain as to what constitutes a standard or a normal drink. About 0.6 ounces of fluid or around 14 grams of pure alcohol consistency is supposed to contribute to a standard drink in the US. The quantity of a single drink could still vary for a standard drink yet it still comprises of the 14 grams of alcohol in it to give a measurable standard drink. These measurement of alcohol in quantity also differs from person to person. Theses compositions do not stand to be the same for liquor, beer, alcohol, whisky, wine and other alcoholic spirits. The differences in the alcohol proportion could differ for each alcohol brand. Yet these differences vary only in some minute figures as 4.2% to 5% of concentrated alcohol.

People who buy alcohol on a regular basis can check the tag on the beer or wine bottles about the composition and the quantity of alcohol that is present in the drink. Some beverages do not have the listings of the alcohol content on its label. For those cases, people can check for online sources to obtain absolute information of all the constituents of the beverage.

What is considered to be heavy drinking and risky?

  • It is considered to be moderate for a man if he consumes about 4 drinks on any day or consumes 14 drinks weekly
  • For a woman, it is considered to be moderate if she consumes 3 drinks on any day or takes 7 drinks per week

Consuming alcohol greater than the aforesaid quantities is considered to be heavy drinking and is also supposed to be risky. Generally people who consume any limit above the quantity are subject to suffer from alcoholism. About 1 in 4 persons who consume a higher than required quantity, suffer from alcohol intake disorder. The risk for each person consuming alcohol exceeding the intake limit can also vary depending upon their ability to respond to the alcohol. Addicted people face serious consequences when they try to consume less than what they usually take. If the drink they take is in meagre quantity and if it is being gulped fast, then the consequences they are going to face are even more serious. Hence to avert all these consequences, it is best to not consume too much alcohol at any time. It is always dangerous and could go through various life-threatening consequences. Having alcohol too often and in larger proportions is going to be extremely fatal for any person who consumes it. It is imperative for a person to observe his drinking pattern and reduce the amount gradually if the quantity seems to exceed than usual, otherwise the person is bound to suffer from many complications.

Possible risks emerging due to uncontrolled drinking

Drinking is considered to be normal if a person drinks in the right quantity and on occasional times. Drinking is generally considered to be healthy and is good especially for the heart. Light to moderate drinking is still considered to be normal depending upon the person’s ability to respond to the drink. If the drinking volume of a person increases, the possible risks that could arise are:

Health Complications

People who consume heavy drink suffer from various health disorders like heart ailments, liver damages, sleep disorders, depression, stroke etc. They also find it difficult to maintain their glucose levels and blood pressure levels.

Suffer injuries

Excessive drinking increases the chances of injuries that could sometimes lead to death. Vehicles clashes, sexual assaults, trauma injuries etc. are common incidents.

Childbirth Deficiency

It is advised for pregnant women or those who are planning to get pregnant not to indulge in any drinking. Drinking during pregnancy can cause brain damage and other complications for the developing baby.

Other associated risks

Drinking can cause many dangerous consequences to a person and his surroundings. A person who drinks too often could face relationship troubles. You could even lose your driver’s license if you are drinking and driving. Moreover, you may end up paying a huge fine if you are loitering at public places in a drunken state.