Risks of Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol increases risk of illness & injury. Even one drink is too much if you’re driving, at work, pregnant, breast feeding, have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications. 

What is a standard drink?

One standard drink is defined as:

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How Much is Too Much?

Low-risk drinking is defined as:


Drinks per Week Drinks per Occasion
Men 14 4
Women 7 7
Age > 65 7 3


Health Effects of Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol contributes to high blood pressure, increases risk for many types of cancer & damages the body’s vital organs, such as the brain, heart, liver, & pancreas. Drinking is especially dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause a number of complications like fetal alcohol syndrome.