Fast Five Quiz: Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder)

Steve Soreff, MD


January 24, 2023

According to the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as no more than one drink per day and two drinks per day for women and men, respectively. This distinction reflects biological differences. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "Women absorb and metabolize alcohol differently than men. In general, women have less body water than men of similar body weight, so that women achieve higher concentrations of alcohol in the blood after drinking equivalent amounts of alcohol."

The CDC also offers several other definitions:

  • Excessive alcohol use includes heavy drinking, binge drinking, and any alcohol use by people aged < 21 years or pregnant.

  • Heavy drinking is defined as ≥ 8 drinks per week for women and ≥ 15 drinks per week for men.

  • Binge drinking is defined as ≥ 4 drinks within about 2 hours for women and ≥ 5 drinks within about 2 hours for men.

Learn more about AUD.


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