Strong Drinks or Stronger Drinks?

Alcohol Levels

Rising alcohol levels in wine and beer are creating more potent levels in bar drinks than many people realize, creating a situation where people are going beyond the legal limit, and even beyond personal limits established to maintain good health.

The USDA guidelines state that moderate drinking means one glass per day for women and two for men. The guidelines also say that a drink is 12 oz. of beer at 5% alcohol, 5 oz. wine at 12%, and 1.5 oz. of 80 proof, which is 49% alcohol by volume.


Some wines have up to 15%, and a 5 oz. glass will have more than the acceptable level of alcohol. A 4 oz. glass will. An average glass in a restaurant is 6 oz. or more. This means that an average glass of wine in a restaurant could have 50% more alcohol than the customer thinks he is getting.

The same applies to beer drinking. A 12 oz. Bud light contains 4.2% alcohol, but Bud Light Platinum has 6% by volume. If a drinker has two beers a day, and the beer is 9% as opposed to 5%, then you are getting a lot more than you bargained for. it must also be taken into consideration whether you are drinking 12 oz. bottles or 16 oz. pints of draft beer. Flavored malt drinks can also be confusing, averaging from 5% to 12% alcohol, and packaged in larger containers, such as 23.5% Colt 45’s.

The drinking public needs guidance to achieve healthy drinking habits. Read labels carefully, and measure drinks accurately. Most poured drinks can be assumed to be more like one and a half regular drinks – more for drinks like martinis and Long Island iced teas. In order to keep in control, set a limit and stick to it.


Alcohol has been a social tool forever. It is a great lubricator at gatherings, causing people to relax and communicate. It also has effects on one’s body.

Short Term Effects

Alcohol will make you feel relaxed, affable, and confident. The more you drink, the stronger these feelings become, and negative behavior can become part of the mix.

  • Reaching decisions that you would not make sober
  • Muddled thinking
  • Bad coordination
  • Slow reflexes
  • Depression
  • Violent behavior

These short-term effects can become longer-term with increased consumption.

Long Term Impact

Extended drinking will create physical reactions such as the risk of serious illness, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer of the pancreas, mouth, and breast, among parts of the body.

Drinking over and extended period of time can lead to dependency and difficult in stopping drinking. Some issues are:

  • Inability to stop despite consequences
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • No control over the use or quantity consumed
  • More time needed to get buzzed
  • Mind and body impacted


Whatever is your addiction, withdrawal will have impacts on your body and mind. The mental side can be treated, just as the physical symptoms can be ameliorated. Continuous use causes the brain becomes accustomed to the substance and craves more and more. The best intentions can be overcome by the addiction and cause you to go into the addiction.

What to Expect

As your addiction increases, and overwhelming desire to use the substance, no matter the consequences. you can become a completely different person as a result.

A mood swing is the most common effect – you may be feeling just fine one minutes, and then unable to concentrate on anything and very cross due to the lack of the substance of abuse.

Other psychological signs of addiction include:

  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hopelessness
  • Selfishness
  • Pressuring others
  • Diminished interested hobbies or activities

Although most people worry about physical symptoms, psychological symptoms can and must be treated as well.

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