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What is heavy drinking for women and for men?

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For women, "heavy" or "at risk" drinking means more than seven drinks per week, or more than three in any day. For men, it's more than 14 drinks in a week, or more than four in a day.

From: What Is Alcohol Use Disorder? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Nutrition and healthy eating: Alcohol: If you drink, keep it moderate.”

American Psychological Association: “Understanding alcohol use disorders and their treatment.”

American Family Physician: “Alcohol Abuse: How to Recognize Problem Drinking.”

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Alcohol Use Disorder,” “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies: “Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.”

CDC: “Alcohol and Public Health.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Alcohol Abuse.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Nutrition and healthy eating: Alcohol: If you drink, keep it moderate.”

American Psychological Association: “Understanding alcohol use disorders and their treatment.”

American Family Physician: “Alcohol Abuse: How to Recognize Problem Drinking.”

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Alcohol Use Disorder,” “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies: “Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.”

CDC: “Alcohol and Public Health.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Alcohol Abuse.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 19, 2018

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