Drinking can cost a lot. Think about how much you spend per week and per year on alcohol.
One drink means one 12-ounce bottle of beer. It means one 12-ounce wine cooler. It means one 5-ounce glass of wine. It means one 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.
Drinking costs you per week. It costs per year.
A daily drink may reduce the risk for heart attack. It may reduce the risk for stroke. Keep your alcohol use at a proper level. A good level is no more than two drinks per day for men. It is no more than one drink a day for women.
About one in every 13 Americans is a problem drinker. Many of these are alcoholics. Drinking too much can greatly harm your health.
Heavy drinking may boost the risk for some cancers. Heavy drinking may also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, immune system problems, brain damage, and hepatitis. It can harm the baby during pregnancy. Some of these problems develop over time. Women can get these problems sooner.
Hangovers can harm a person's heart. They can harm the nerves. They can harm mental health.
Drinking boosts the risk for car crashes. It causes accidents in the home. Drinking can also lead to public disorder, family abuse, or social problems. People who have been drinking are more likely to be commit murders and suicide.
Drinking can lead to problems on the job like missing work and poor quality of work. Drinking problems cost society about $185 billion per year.
This information should not replace a doctor’s care. Always talk with your doctor for advice concerning your health.