Drinking alcohol socially is fine. However, if your alcohol consumption gets out of hand, will you notice? The fact is, drinking too much can cause serious and life-altering problems. It may even result in one or multiple DUI charges.
It’s important to learn the signs that you may have a drinking problem to know when you should seek help. After all, drinking too much can be hazardous to your health and create safety issues if you get behind the wheel.
Understanding binge drinking
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking to a point where your BAC reaches 0.08% regularly. For men, this is usually achieved with five drinks in approximately two hours, and for women, it’s four drinks in that same timeframe. You may be considered a binge drinker if you do this for a minimum of one day out of 30 each month.
Understanding heavy alcohol use
Heavy drinking for men is when you consume more than four drinks per day or 14 drinks per week and for women, it is consuming more than three drinks a day or over seven drinks each week. According to authorities, heavy alcohol use also occurs if you binge drink five or more days in a month.
The dangers of heavy alcohol use
Drinking regularly can lead to many issues. It can cause health problems such as heart disease, system problems, gout, seizures, cancer, anemia, liver damage and nervous system issues. However, it can also result in serious accidents, and injuries to yourself or others if you decide to drive after drinking.
Did you get a DUI?
If you receive a DUI, you have rights and options. It’s important to speak to a legal professional who can help you build a strong defense for the charges you are facing.