Poll Reveals Surprising Drinking Habits


Nearly 4,000 readers weigh in

on weekly alcohol consumption: A shocking number reports dangerous drinking habits.

MyAddiction.com and OpposingViews.com partnered to poll readers about typical alcohol consumption on a weekly basis.


The surprising results reveal that many readers are unaware of the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption.


The poll ran from July 11 to July 17, 2012 on OpposingViews.com, asking visitors: “How many drinks do you have per week?” Of the 3,963 responses, the highest percentage of people (21.1%) responded that they are nondrinkers. In a close second, 20% of people responded that they have less than one drink per week.

While 40% are light or non-drinkers, those who partake in regular alcohol consumption do so at dangerous levels. Of the drinkers, the highest percentage of people (16.2%) responded that they have 22+ drinks per week, which puts their health at risk.

Drinking heavily is hazardous for mental and physical health.

Even consuming 17 drinks per week (around 2.5 drinks per day) is considered detrimental to overall health and wellness. Alcohol causes damage to nervous tissue and is linked to brain damage and poor mental health functioning. It also interferes with hormone regulation in many bodily activities.

The human liver metabolizes alcohol at a rate of about 1 gram per hour for every 22 pounds of body weight, and contrary to popular belief, drinking coffee and exercising does not speed up the process.

The 1:1 Ratio

Alcohol remains in the system long after the feeling of “drunkenness” wears off. Depending on one’s weight, gender, and how much he or she drinks, the liver may be working overtime. What’s more, it takes up to one full hour to process one drink. See what "one drink" really means below:

Consuming more drinks in a shorter amount of time increases intoxication and risk for self-endangerment.

Gender makes a difference.

Men’s and women’s bodies process alcohol differently. Striking new research reveals that the rates for alcoholism in women have risen higher than ever. What’s more, studies reveal that when most people drink, they tend to do it in unhealthy and dangerous spurts of binge drinking.

“Sensible” Drinking

Research suggests that most people that drink up to two drinks a day do not experience a significant risk to health. Women should not drink more than 10 drinks per week and men shouldn’t consume more than 15.

Only 13% of the survey respondents were in this healthy level, while a shocking 23% were in the dangerous category.

Heavy drinking creates the risk for alcohol dependence and addiction.

The best way to handle an alcohol addiction is always by preventing it in the first place and drinking in moderation.

To prevent unhealthy drinking habits, a great strategy is to truly understand what “having a drink” truly does to your body. Factor in body weight, gender, and volume of alcohol consumed to make sure that “one drink” really measures out at “one.” Learn your limit by understanding how alcohol affects you specifically.

If you or someone you know may have a drinking problem, there are many resources and treatment options available. Supportgroups.com is one such resource that offers an online community of support for those struggling with alcohol addiction.

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