What counts as a drink, anyway?
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has established guidelines for “low risk” drinking that can be helpful in understanding how much is too much. This guide is intended to be used to identify when you may have an alcohol use disorder. Share this information with friends and loved ones to encourage those closest to you to drink responsibly. And if you are planning on drinking alcohol, it’s best to always arrange a sober ride home.
Even if you don’t drink every day, you may go out and have a few in one sitting. Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent—or higher. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men in about 2 hours.
But what is a standard drink?
In order to understand how much is too much, let’s talk about exactly what “one drink” actually means.
It’s important to note that serving sizes of beverages play a big role in how many drinks you are consuming. A quick web search shows a popular home goods retailer that sells a wine glass that holds 31 oz of wine. If you filled that glass and drank it, that “one glass” of wine would be the equivalent of 6 standard drinks.
For more information on “low risk drinking” and alcohol use disorders, the “Rethinking Drinking” website provided by the NIAAA is full of helpful information.