For many, a glass of wine at the end of a long or stressful day is the ultimate reward. Small daily consumption of wine does not indicate that the individual suffers from an alcohol problem. However, when one or two glasses turns into a drinking problem, how much wine is too much? The risk of developing an alcohol-related problem most certainly increases with lots of wine. When this happens, intervention may be necessary before the habit results in tragedy.
Just Enough Vs. Too Much
Are you one of the millions of people living in the United States who likes to drink wine or other alcohol? Has your drinking gradually increased to the point that friends and family question whether or not you have a drinking problem?
According to the American Heart Association, one to two four-ounce glasses of wine each day offers many benefits, such as reduced risk of heart attack, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and several other significant health conditions. Excessive or “heavy” drinking, however, puts individuals at increased risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and a slew of other health consequences.
How Much Wine is Too Much?
If you aren’t sure how much wine is too much, it would be helpful to know what is considered drinking too much. To start, understand that in the United States, a “standard” drink is defined as any drink containing 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 ounces of pure alcohol. These amounts vary depending on the type of drink. On average, 5 ounces of table wine contains about 12 percent alcohol. Three to four ounces of fortified wine, such as sherry or port wines, contains roughly 17 percent alcohol.
“Low-risk” drinking is defined as consuming up to four drinks on any one occasion in the same day for men, and up to three drinks on any one occasion in the same day for women. Men can drink no more than 14 drinks in a week. Women, no more than 7 drinks per week. Low-risk”, means you stay within the limits of both the daily and weekly limits. For some, this “low-risk” drinking is still too much and causes significant problems.
“At-risk” or “heavy” drinking is defined as consuming more than four drinks per day or 14 per week for men. For women, the limits are more than three drinks per day or seven per week. These individuals are at high risk for developing an alcohol use disorder. Roughly 1 in 4 of these people already suffers from an AUD–and other possibly severe health issues.
Help is Available
If you’ve come to the realization that you drink too much wine on a regular basis, Serenity House Detox & Recovery in Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter, Florida can help. Our medically supervised alcohol detox program can help get you on the road to successful, long-lasting sobriety. Medically-managed detox at our premier facility prepares individuals for subsequent rehab. It creates a stable foundation for a safe and effective recovery.
Making the decision to get clean can be scary and overwhelming. With the help of our experienced medical detox staff, you can overcome your alcohol problem and regain the independence, self-confidence, and motivation that your drinking has stolen from you. Self-detox can be dangerous. At our Florida detox center, your health and progress will be closely monitored round-the-clock by our compassionate and professional medical team. Helping individuals safely and effectively through the complicated and sometimes painful detox process is our top priority. It has worked for many others, and it can work for you.
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If you have to ask, “How much wine is too much?”, chances are you already know the answer. Detox at Serenity House Deox in Fort Lauderdale or Jupiter, Florida, can get you back on your feet. Detox can be a strong platform to grow from and prepare you for a life of healthy, sober recovery. Start your journey towards a brighter future by calling us today at 866-294-5306.