Saturday, May 12, 2007

So little alcohol can make you an addict

alcohol levels

You drink as little as one to seven drinks a week? You think that this amount is far too small to put you at risk for alcoholism? If you are a woman, you are well advised to think it over. Look at what Danish researchers have found: Women who drink only very low amounts of alcohol run a double risk of getting addicted, compared to women who do not drink any alcohol. In men, there is no risk difference between drinkers and non-drinkers up to a weekly intake of twenty-two drinks. - (Picture by BAG)

Take home messages

To machos: It is no achievement to tolerate more drinks than others until you get drunk. No reason to be proud of. It does not make you a man.

To alcoholics: It is not a sign of weakness to lose control after one drink. At least one half of all human beings is at considerable risk of this danger. Some say it is the better half. You are in good company.

To non-alcoholics: Look at yourself and not at study statistics that figure out a no risk level. The no risk level may well be zero in your case no matter whether you are a man or a woman. If you are a man, take care. If you are a woman, take double care.

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