Interesting, thanks for your honest responses.
FYI, the (US) CDC says (for men, unless elsewhere specified):
- A "drink" is 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol.[/*]
- "Moderate" drinking is 2 or less "drinks" per day; [i]not[/i] intended to be averaged over a period of days. [/*]
- "Heavy" drinking is more than 2 "drinks" per day, on average.[/*]
- "Alcohol abuse" is basically bad behavior with and/or caused by alcohol (i.e., drinking & driving/operating heavy machinery, legal issues, violence, relationship problems, etc.), and is somewhat of a precursor to alcoholism.[/*]
- "Alcoholism" is a strong craving for alcohol (and?) a continued use despite physical/psychological/interpersonal problems (and?) an inability to limit drinking.[/*]
The notion of what a “heavy drinker” is was surprising, to me. A 22oz “bomber” of an IPA is over 2 “drinks”, and could be pushing 3. The 12oz “double pilsner” I’ve been drinking is practically 2 “drinks.”
Perhaps its from my upbringing, but I was always conditioned to believe that “heavy drinking” is alcoholism or alcohol abuse, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I get queer responses from some individuals when I discuss my homebrewing hobby, along the lines of “You make five gallons of beer? How could anyone drink that much?!”… as if I drink it all in one sitting. When those individuals make those comments, I feel as if I’ve spontaneously sprouted devils’ horns… you’ve just been judged and there’s nothing you can say to change their mind.
Good to know I’m not the only miscreant around. :cheers: