The Best Ways to Stop Kids from Binge Drinking  

Training bartenders and banning two-for-one sales can help limit underage drinking in high school and college students.

Alcohol Use Assessment

Most adults who drink alcohol are moderate drinkers. They are at low risk for having a dependence on alcohol. If you are worried about your drinking, however, this tool will help you find out if you have a problem with alcohol.

The following four questions are used by health care providers to screen for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. The questions are collectively called CAGE. The name comes from the first letter of each question's theme.

1. Have you ever felt that you should Cut down on your drinking?
2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
3. Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (Eye opener)?


Understanding Alcohol's Effects 

The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have.


Brain Activity Predicts Promiscuity and Problem Drinking  

MRIs of young adults produce images of the biological activity behind risk-taking.


How to Cut Down on Drinking 

It helps to understand why and when you drink if you are going to successfully reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.


What Kind of Drinker Are You? 

Know your pattern and see if you need to adjust.


Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking 

Alcohol is considered a drug because it depresses the central nervous system and can disrupt mental and motor skills, as well as damage internal organs when used excessively.


Alcoholism and Family History 

Genetics can play a part in whether you have problems with alcohol. But many other factors also have an influence.


What You Can Expect from Alcohol Withdrawal 

Withdrawal can start 6 to 24 hours after your last drink and usually eases after a few days.


Are You Ready for Cars That Automatically Stop Drunk Drivers? 

An alcohol sensor connected to an ignition switch could stop most drunk driving.

Cost of Drinking Calculator

Drinking can be an expensive habit. You may not notice a dollar here or two dollars there, but think about how much you spend on alcohol each week. It can add up.

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One drink is one 12-ounce bottle or can of beer or wine cooler; one 5-ounce glass of wine; or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. The amount of alcohol in any size drink will vary based on the amount of alcohol in the drink. For example, the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer can vary from 4% to 6% or more.

A 750 ml bottle of wine contains about 5 5-ounce glasses. A liter bottle contains about 6 glasses.

A fifth of distilled spirits contains about 25 1-ounce shots. A quart contains about 32 shots, and a liter contains about 33 shots.