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CDC Heavy Drinking Study Has Residents Surprised by Numbers


June 27, 2014

It's really easy to go out on a Friday night and have a few drinks and think nothing of it, but after reading a report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on excessive drinking you might change your mind about how much alcohol you consume in a week.

According to the CDC, 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults between 20 and 64 are caused by excessive drinking. Eight drinks per week for a woman and 15 per week for men is considered excessive.

Charlottesville residents say it's easy to reach that amount without thinking about it.

“If you just have a glass of wine for dinner every night that's seven already and if you have a second one on Friday or Saturday it gets you up to excessive,” says Catherine Alford.

“I think it's definitely unhealthy,” says Juan Terra. “I wouldn't suggest drinking 15 drinks a week.”

The report also shows that 88,000 deaths in the U.S. per year between 2006 and 2010 were caused by excessive drinking.

Staff at Martha Jefferson Hospital sees alcohol related injuries in the emergency room pretty often and say there are both short and long term effects from consuming alcohol.

“Overtime we know that the effects of alcohol can negatively affect your liver and can lead to hypertension,” says Jeff Robbins, RN. “And then we see the short term effects which are motor vehicle crashes, head injuries from falling fighting and alcohol poisoning which is especially dangerous.”

As a precaution the report suggest having a serious conversation with a doctor, on how many drinks you have per week, because you could be suffering from long term effects without knowing it.


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