How much alcohol is too much?
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines a standard drink as one 12-ounce bottle of beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. Men may be at risk of AUD if they exceed 14 standard alcoholic drinks per week, and women if they drink more than seven.
In the United States, AUD affects approximately 7% of adults and 3% of people aged between 12 and 17 years, and it is more common in males than in females.
The Good News
Recovery is possible. About 33% of people treated for AUD suffer no additional symptoms, and thousands have reduced their drinking consumption to fit within healthy limits, even if they relapse a few times before they get to that place.