In light of the holiday season, a new study finding that 90 per cent of heavy drinkers are not, in fact, alcoholics, is welcome news for those of us who have ever imbibed recreationally with the sole intent to get drunk—not that we, or you, ever have, of course. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which surveyed 138,000 adults, concluded that nine out of ten people who drink "too much" are not actually addicts, and that drinking to get drunk is not alcoholic behaviour (wherein college kids everywhere let out a massive sigh of relief). That's not to say excessive drinking isn't still a problem, but at least it may be a much less difficult one to remedy than alcohol addiction.
So what exactly is "too much"? What qualifies as excessive drinking differs for men and women, with the tipping point for women being four drinks in one sitting or eight drinks over the course of a week. The study found that 29 per cent of the population falls into the category of excessive drinkers, but 90 per cent of them do not meet the definition of alcoholism.
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