FACT: Excessive drinking, even infrequently, can cause serious damage to your body that you probably won’t even notice. Women should have no more than 2 drinks a day and men, no more than 3. Occasionally, women may have up to 3 drinks and men, 4, provided that the weekly total is no more than 10 drinks for women and 15 for men.
FACT: There is the same amount of alcohol in in one regular beer (340 ml / 12 oz, 5 % alcohol), one glass of wine (140 ml / 5 oz, 12 % alcohol), and one glass of spirits (45 ml / 1.5 oz, 40 % alcohol). Each of these is considered a standard drink.
FACT: Any kind of alcohol, if consumed irresponsibly, can seriously damage your digestive system, your brain, your heart, your liver, your stomach and other vital organs. Not to mention that it could also shorten your life by a number of years.
FACT: It takes less alcohol for a woman to become intoxicated because women process alcohol differently than men. If a woman and a man of the same height and weight drink the same amount of alcohol, the woman’s blood-alcohol content will still be higher.
FACT: Actually, the opposite is true. Alcohol is a depressant that slows your ability to think, speak and move. Your perception, coordination and judgement will be affected before you notice any physical signs of impairment.
FACT: Alcohol may make you less inhibited, but physiologically, it reduces your performance. You may end up engaging in something you hadn’t planned on, including unprotected sex. And that could result in unwanted pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV). Not sexy at all.
FACT: Never leave an unconscious person alone. Have someone call 911 for medical assistance. Roll the person onto his or her side, place the head to the side as well, and keep him or her in this position until help arrives.
Organizations that deal with cancer often issue guidelines that are different from those developed for the general population. For example, they advise women to have no more than one drink a day, rather than two, and they recommend that men have no more ...