So I just finished a obligatory questionnaire from the University on my drinking habits, and this beneath was what ended the survey:
(I felt like more this whole thing was a moral lesson, more than it was an interest of getting to know the drinking habit on the university. Though kind a neat feature to tell the respondent about the results of the survey)
(I should say, my numbers are probably exaggerated)
Your Drinking Profile
Your Drinking Pattern
You drink 90.3 standard drinks per month.
In a typical week you drink 21 standard drinks.
These are the average number of standard drinks you reported drinking in a typical week and month. Also listed is the percent of your income that you spend on alcohol and the total spent per year on alcohol.
Health, social and academic problems can occur when people drink too much. Current research indicates that adult men who drink five (5) or more standard drinks and adult women who drink four (4) or more standard drinks on any given day within a two-week period are at higher risk for these types of problems.
Because alcoholic beverages vary in strength, we have converted your drinking pattern into standard “one drink” units. In this system, “one drink” contains one-half ounce of pure ethyl alcohol and is equivalent to:
- 10-12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol) or
- 4-5 ounces of table wine (12% alcohol) or
- 1.25 ounces of 80 proof liquor (40% alcohol) or
- 1 ounce of 100 proof liquor (50% alcohol)
The Cost to You
You spend $2600.00 per year on alcohol, which means…
You spend 18% of your spending money on alcohol.
If you had that money now, you could have purchased about 2626 music downloads! Or…
You could purchase a plasma screen TV or go on a cruise!
How do you compare to other US men?
88% of American men drink less than you.
This tells you what percent of US men drink less than you in a typical week. If this number were 60, for example, it would mean that your drinking is higher than 60% of American men (or that 40% drink as much or more than you).
How much is too much? Current research indicates that college men who drink five or more standard drinks, and college women who drink four or more standard drinks on any given day within a two week time frame are at higher risk for health, academic, and social problems. For some people, however, even 1-2 drinks per day would be too many. Pregnant women, for example, are best advised to abstain from alcohol altogether because even small amounts have been found to increase the risk to the unborn child. Other health problems (such as liver disease) make even moderate drinking unsafe. Other people find that they are unable to drink moderately, and having even one or two drinks leads to intoxication.
Your total number of drinks per week (21) tells only part of the story. It is not healthy, for example, to have 12 drinks per week by saving them all up for Saturday. Neither is it safe to have even one or two drinks and then drive. Consuming small amounts (1-2 drinks) frequently is a lower risk than consuming large amounts (more than 4 or 5) infrequently. Smaller amounts are unlikely to increase tolerance or cause health problems for most people.
How much is too much?
Your drinking profile only tells part of the story and your drinking behavior is important.
It is not healthy, for example, to “save” all of your drinking for the weekend. Consuming small amounts (1-2 drinks) frequently is actually less risky than consuming large amounts (4-5 drinks) infrequently. For some people, however, even 1-2 drinks would be too many. Some people even find that they are unable to drink moderately and having 1-2 drinks can make them drunk or sick.
Some people should avoid alcohol entirely. For example, pregnant women should avoid alcohol because even small amounts can harm the unborn child. Other health problems (such as liver disease) make even moderate drinking unsafe.
It is never safe to drive after drinking any alcohol.
Possible Medication Interactions
Many medications can interact with alcohol, leading to increased risk of illness, injury, or even death. It is estimated that alcohol-medication interactions may be a factor in at least 25% of all emergency room admissions. Less serious interactions may often go unreported or unrecognized, but still present risks or problems.