Drinking Too Much

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Do I have a Drug or Alcohol Problem?

Drinkers Can Track BAC with New iPhone App
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Affect on Motor Skills
"How Many Drinks Did They Have?" Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Study claims binge-drinking on your birthday can lead to dangerous habits Estimator
Binge Drinking
Getting Drunk
Drunk Girls on MySpace
Are You an Alcoholic?
About 1 in 3 Americans have abused alcohol
Milwaukee, not Vegas, America's drunkest city
Americans Drinking Alcohol More Often
Should You Drink?
What is an Alcohol Problem?
Learn About Alcohol and Health
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Alcohol
Texas Cops Find Drunks in Bars

"How Many Drinks Did They Have?" Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Estimator

Okay, so Joe Superstar gets pulled over for a DUI and blows a .22% on the breathalyzer. What exactly does that mean? Is there any way to tell if they had just one drink or a whole keg? The chart below gives you an estimated percent of alcohol in the blood by number of drinks in relation to body weight. This percent can be estimated by:

Locate the perpetrator's estimated body weight in the first column on the left.

Follow across to the left until you find the BAC the cops say they blew.

Follow that column back up to the top row to see how many drinks they would have had to consume in an hour to achieve that BAC. (Remember: 1 drink equals 1 ounce of 100-proof liquor, one five ounce glass of table wine or one 12-ounce bottle of regular beer)

And you're done! Wasn't that fun?

NOTE: "How Many Drinks Did They Have?" BAC Estimator is for entertainment purposes only. Your BAC may vary.

Number of Drinks
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Source: NHTSA chart with modifications Red Boxes: over the legal limit of .08, common in many states.


Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Affect on Motor Skills

At .020 light to moderate drinkers begin to feel some effects.
At .040 most people begin to feel relaxed.
At .060 judgment is somewhat impaired, people are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities (eg. driving).
At .080 there is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills; this is legal level for intoxication in some states.
At .10 there is a clear deterioration of reaction time and control; this is legally drunk in most states.
At .120 vomiting usually occurs. Unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance to alcohol.
At .150 balance and movement are impaired. This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.
At .300 many people lose consciousness.
At .400 most people lose consciousness; some die.
At .450 breathing stops; this is a fatal dose for most people
Source: SpeedImpact.org

Study claims binge-drinking on your birthday can lead to dangerous habits

Most people enjoy a couple of cocktails on their birthday. However, if you're more inclined to go all out and get wasted, a new study from Washington University in Seattle shows that binging to celebrate the milestone can set habits that last for months afterwards.

The study followed 600 soon-to-be 21-year-olds who intended on celebrating their newfound legality by drinking. The researchers followed the subjects for a year and found that those who drank a lot on their birthday drank more heavily afterwards as well.

During the study's follow-up period, people who went all out on their birthdays drank 10 percent more than the typical participant on a night out. When compared to those who never drank before their birthday, the number rose to 17 percent.

In the U.S., if you have one glass of wine a night, you are in the top 30 percent of drinkers. Having two glasses every night puts you in the top 20 percent and 10 drinks per day, according to Stephen Cook's book "Paying The Tab," puts you in the top 10 percent.

So enjoy your birthday, but try not to go overboard. It could have more consequences than that dreaded hangover the next morning.
Source: www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2016/08/29/study-claims-binge-drinking-on-your-birthday-can-lead-to-dangero/21461388/

Drinkers Can Track BAC with New iPhone App

A new iPhone application helps users keep track of their blood-alcohol content (BAC) and sends warning messages if data indicates the user is "buzzed" or legally intoxicated.

The Denver Post reported Dec. 2 that the free R-U-Buzzed? application developed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) calculates BAC based on information about the user's weight, sex, type and amount of alcohol consumed, and number of hours spent drinking. If the application determines that the user's BAC is over the legal limit of .08 percent, an anti drunk-driving warning flashes: "Don't even think about it."

The app also includes a "Taxi" icon that provides the phone number of the nearest Yellow Taxi stand using the iPhone's GPS capability.

The software was developed as part of CDOT's holiday drunk-driving prevention campaign, "Plan Ahead." It already has been downloaded more than 3,000 times

CDOT warns that the app is only for general guidance, and the director of Colorado's chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is lukewarm about the tool. "I think there's a lot of room for error, and people just really have to understand it's an estimate and the point is to plan before you've been drinking," said Emily Tompkins.

Comment: There's a plug-in breathalyzer for the iPhone, too, uses the iPhone's 'brain' to run the analysis and costs about $100. A bargain, compared to the potential costs of driving drunk: financial and emotional.
Source: www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2009/drinkers-can-track-bac-with.html

Americans Drinking Alcohol More Often

Americans are drinking alcohol more often, and beer is back on top as the beverage of choice, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Although the number of Americans who drink alcohol is holding steady, the poll shows those who drink are imbibing more frequently and drinking more drinks each week compared with a decade ago.

Drinkers are also now slightly more likely to name beer as their alcoholic beverage of choice, which researchers say is a return to the pattern seen before last year's poll when beer and wine tied for the top drink.

The poll, conducted July 6-9 among a national sample of 1,007 people aged 18 and older, showed 64% of Americans say they drink alcoholic beverages.

Researchers say the percentage of Americans who say they drink has changed little over time, averaging about 63% since Gallup began surveying Americans about drinking habits in 1939.

However, the most recent poll shows the frequency of drinking has risen over the last 10 years. The 2006 poll showed 71% of American drinkers said they had an alcoholic drink in the last week, which is significantly higher than the 54% who said the same in 1996.

Also on the rise is the number of drinks Americans are drinking. The poll shows those who drink alcohol report drinking an average of 4.5 drinks per week, compared with 2.8 in 1996.

Recent studies have suggested that drinking alcohol in moderation -- particularly wine -- may promote better health, and researchers say the increase in number of drinks per week may be a reflection of this.

The percentage of drinkers who named wine as their drink of choice has increased steadily from 27% in 1992 to a peak of 39% last year, when it narrowly topped beer in popularity. But beer was the winner in this year's poll with 41% of Americans naming it their drink of choice compared with 33% opting for wine and 23% choosing liquor.

Who's Drinking and Who's Not: Other findings of the survey include:

Source: By Jennifer Warner , Gallup Organization, Consumption Habits Poll, conducted July 6-9, 2006. www.webmd.com/content/Article/125/116113.htm?printing=true

About 1 in 3 Americans have abused alcohol

More than 30 percent of American adults have abused alcohol or suffered from alcoholism at some point in their lives, and few have received treatment, according to a new government study.

Alcoholics who got treatment first received it, on average, at about age 30 — eight years after they developed dependence on drinking, researchers reported.

“That’s a big lag,” especially combined with the fact that only 24 percent of alcoholics reported receiving any treatment at all, said study co-author Bridget Grant of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The treatment rate for alcoholics was slightly less than the rate found a decade earlier. The study did not look at reasons for the decline, but other research has revealed a belief among doctors and the public that treatment doesn’t work.

However, Dr. Mark Willenbring, director of the institute’s Division of Treatment and Recovery Research, said evidence indicates that substance-abuse treatment is more effective than treatments for many medical disorders.

Three common approaches to treating alcoholism are 12-step programs, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement therapy. Medications such as Antabuse, naltrexone and Campral also can help in combination with counseling, he said.

More common in men

About 42 percent of men and about 19 percent of women reported a history of either alcohol abuse or alcoholism during their lives. Whites and Native Americans were more likely than other ethnic groups to report drinking problems.

Alcohol abuse was defined as drinking-related failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home; social or legal problems; and drinking in hazardous situations. Alcoholism was characterized by compulsive drinking; preoccupation with drinking; and tolerance to alcohol or withdrawal symptoms.

The definitions were based on the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual.

Treatment, in the study’s definition, could have been by a doctor or another health professional, in a 12-step program, at a crisis center or through an employee-assistance program.

The study, appearing in Monday’s Archives of General Psychiatry, was based on a new analysis of the 2001-2017 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. The survey involved more than 43,000 face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of Americans, ages 18 and older.

A previous report on the same data found that 4.7 percent of adults reported alcohol abuse in 2001-2017, and 3.8 percent reported alcoholism.

The new analysis was the first to report on the prevalence of alcohol problems over a lifetime.
Source: The study was funded by the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19562980/

Should You Drink?

One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or one standard cocktail (1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor).

You should be aware that it is not safe to drink any alcohol in some situations, and that some people should not drink at all:

• People who cannot restrict their drinking to moderate levels . This is a special concern for recovering alcoholics, problem drinkers and people whose family members have alcohol problems.

• People with certain medical conditions or who are taking certain medications that interact with alcohol

• Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant

• Drinking before driving or operating machinery

• People under the age of twenty-one. Drinking alcohol is unsafe for children and adolescents, and illegal in the United States for this age group.

Recommended Action:

Learn more about the effects of alcohol on health, safe vs. risky drinking, and when you should not drink at all.

Learn more about alcohol and health

Find help and support

Source: www.alcoholscreening.org

What is an Alcohol Problem?

Researchers use the term "alcohol problems" to refer to any type of condition caused by drinking which harms the drinker directly, jeopardizes the drinker's well-being, or places others at risk. Depending on the circumstances, alcohol problems can result from even moderate drinking, for example when driving, during pregnancy, or when taking certain medicines. Alcohol problems exist on a continuum of severity ranging from occasional binge drinking to alcohol abuse or dependence (alcoholism).

Is There a Difference?

The term alcoholism usually refers to alcohol abuse or dependence. Alcohol dependence is the most severe alcohol problem and typically consists of at least three of seven symptoms experienced within one year. These symptoms include repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop or cut down, need for increased amounts of alcohol (tolerance), or symptoms of withdrawal upon cessation of drinking (physical dependence). Many other types of alcohol problems do not entail alcohol dependence but are nevertheless harmful in their effect on a person's job, health, and relationships. Also, alcohol problems of lesser severity can often progress to alcoholism if untreated.

The most common alcohol problems include:

Binge Drinking. Binge drinking is the type of problem drinking most often engaged in by young people in the 18- to 21-year-old age range. Within this age group binge drinking is more prevalent among college students than non-students. Researchers often define binge drinking as the consumption of five or more drinks at one sitting for males and three or more drinks at one sitting for females. Binge drinkers on college campuses are more likely to damage property, have trouble with authorities, miss classes, have hangovers, and experience injuries than those who do not. Students living on campuses with high rates of binge drinking experience more incidents of assault and unwanted sexual advances than students on campuses with lower binge drinking rates.

Alcohol Abuse. Alcohol abuse often results in absence from, and impaired performance at, school and on the job, neglect of child care or household responsibilities, legal difficulties and alcohol consumption in physically dangerous circumstances such as while driving. Individuals who abuse alcohol may continue to drink despite the knowledge that their drinking causes them recurrent and significant social, interpersonal, or legal problems.

Alcohol Dependence. Alcohol dependence is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes a strong need to drink despite repeated social or interpersonal problems such as losing a job or deteriorating relationships with friends and family members. Alcohol dependence has a generally predictable course, recognizable symptoms, and is influenced by a complex interplay of genes, psychological factors such as the influence of family members and friends, and the effect of culture on drinking behavior and attitudes. Scientists are increasingly able to define and understand both the genetic and environmental factors that make an individual vulnerable to alcoholism.

This information was compiled by Screening for Mental Health from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Source: alcoholscreening.org/learnmore/problem.asp

Learn About Alcohol and Health

Browse this library of publications about alcohol and health from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Alcohol consumption guidelines
How to cut down on your drinking
Frequently asked questions about alcohol
Health consequences of excess drinking
What is an alcohol problem?
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism
Drinking and pregnancy
Alcohol: Tips for Teens
If someone close has a problem

Source: alcoholscreening.org/learnmore/index.asp

Texas Cops Find Drunks in Bars

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is enforcing the state's law against public intoxication in a novel venue: bars.
Source: www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2006/texas-cops-find-drunks-in.html

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