|If drinking has caused problems in relationships, at
work, at home, financially, physically, or legally, it’s time to get
“Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.”
Employers need to know that alcohol-related problems and alcoholism cost
billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, accidents, and poor
Among the tragic reasons, besides the law, to take alcohol-related
problems and alcoholism seriously: highway death, drowning, suicide,
violent injury, disrupted families, and unwanted pregnancy, said Gail R.
Zuege, Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Drug Test
Despite the legal drinking age of 21, high school students still consume
31 million gallons of wine coolers and 102 million gallons of beer each
Drinking is associated with the leading causes of death among young
people, including car crashes, murder, and suicide.
Alcohol is the deadliest drug for America’s teenagers; a 16-year old is
more likely to die from an alcohol-related problem than any other cause.
Parents also need to “think again,” if they believe their child is
drinking just to “have a good time,” Zuege said.
Many kids drink alone because they are bored or depressed. This puts
them at a greater risk for developing alcoholism.
Zuege said parents can tell their children to remember that, “You don’t
have drink if you don’t want to. Who says party animals have to set the
Many people are not aware what counts as a standard drink and do not
realize how many standard drinks are in the containers in which these
drinks are sold.
Some examples are:
For beer, the approximate number of standard drinks in:
• 12 ounces = 1; 16 ounces = 1.3; 22 ounces = 2; and 40 ounces = 3.3
For malt liquor, the approximate number of standard drinks in:
• 12 ounces = 1.5; 16 ounces = 2; 22 ounces = 2.5; and 40 ounces = 4.5;
For table wine, the approximate number of standard drinks in:
• a standard 750-ml (25-ounce) bottle = 5.
For 80-proof spirits, or “hard liquor,” the approximate number of
standard drinks in:
• a mixed drink = 1 or more; a pint (16 ounces) = 11; a fifth (25
ounces) = 17; and 1.75 liters (59 ounces) = 39.
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(Information in this story is from the National Council on Alcoholism
and Drug Dependence Inc. and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and