Many Americans drink alcohol occasionally, however, drinking too much alcohol can cause a person to develop an alcohol use disorder. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), moderate drinking for women is defined as no more than three drinks per day AND no more than seven drinks per week. Men should have no more than four drinks per day AND no more than fourteen drinks per week. The NIAAA states anything over the daily or weekly drink limit is considered heavy drinking and can put a person at risk for alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse. Heavy drinking can also lead to liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
Some people should not drink alcohol at all. These include:
- pregnant women
- people operating machinery, including vehicles
- people who have certain medical conditions or take certain medications
If you are unsure if it is safe for you to drink alcohol, or if you are concerned about how much you drink, talk with your doctor.