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How Many Drinks is Too Many?

By: Tim LaGro, LMHC

Man with Alcohol Abuse Problems

When to Get Help for an Alcohol Problem

If you suspect that a friend or loved one may have a problem you may use this simple screening tool called the C.A.G.E.

C. Have you tried to cut down on your use and find you cannot?
A. Do you find that you become annoyed with others commenting on your drinking?
G. After drinking do you sometimes feel guilty?
E. The following morning you have an eye-opener drink first thing to kill the hangover?
If you or someone you know answers yes to all of these, further assessment is needed and most likely you have an alcohol abuse problem.

The S-MAST is another assessment tool with more depth that can be found for free online to use.

NIAAA-National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Guidelines for drinking:
Men: More than 14 drinks per week or more than 4 drinks per occasion.
Women: More than 7 drinks per week or more than 3 drinks per occasion.
Age 65+: More than 7 drinks per week or more than 3 drinks per occasion.

A standard drink is 1.5 oz. alcohol for Mixed drink, 12oz. beer, and a 5oz. glass of wine.
Drinking and driving is still a big problem, for most people two drinks will put your blood alcohol at .08 which is impaired driving in most states. Please do not drink and drive.

What does the Bible say about alcohol use? It can be used in moderation and in fact is in the bible but we are warned not to become drunk in its use. Ephesians 5:18: Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

If you or a loved one thinks you may have an alcohol abuse problem, we can help. Alcohol abuse can often stem from other issues that can be identified through counseling. Contact Croswinds today to regain control of your life.

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