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(CNN)   The official definition of a 'heavy drinker' will most likely shock you, make you wonder how Drew is still alive and Farking, make you go out for a drink to calm your nerves   (cnn.com) divider line 166
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2014-06-26 06:02:25 PM  
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Haha

HAHAHA

BWAAAHAHAHAAAAA

14 drinks per week?

Then I'm a heavy drinker. By the end of brunch. On Sunday.

/hic
 
2014-06-26 06:16:38 PM  
Women are considered "heavy drinkers" if they have eight or more drinks a week, according to the CDC. Men can have 14. At 15, you, my friend, are a "heavy drinker"

I smell a grab for research funding and anti-alcohol money.
 
2014-06-26 06:39:13 PM  
Huh, that barely covers my daily Everclear mouthwash routine.

/It helps cut down on the THC stains.
 
2014-06-26 06:43:01 PM  
I've got a genetic predisposition for alcoholism.
My DNA is shaped like a corkscrew.
 
2014-06-26 06:47:29 PM  
Two or three fingers a night and a couple hand jobs on the weekend.
 
2014-06-26 06:57:44 PM  
One of the biggest problems with public health research is that they define social phenomena based upon normative concepts of how the world SHOULD BE, not how the world ACTUALLY IS.

In a more objective world, an occasional drinker would be 0 drinks on MOST nights, a light drinker would be the type that has 1-2 drinks per night (wine or beer with dinner, scotch as a nightcap, something along those lines), a moderate drinker would be 2-4 drinks per night (up to the point of the single woman who drinks a bottle of merlot before bed), a heavy drinker would be 4-8 drinks per night, and a hardcore boozehound would be 8+, nightly. Binge drinkers should be considered those that do 8+ drinks in a single evening on occasion, either from a marathon drinking session, karaoke night, Fark party, or any time Jager bombs or flaming shots become involved.
 
2014-06-26 07:17:14 PM  
Let me guess BMI over 22?

How close was I?
 
2014-06-26 07:18:30 PM  
So a 100 lb guy and a 350 lb guy are both "problem drinkers" at the same consumption level?
 
2014-06-26 07:19:41 PM  
Men can have 14. At 15, you, my friend, are a "heavy drinker" in the eyes of the CDC.

And thus the stupidity of such a black-and-white system.

"See that 150-pound man over there? He has 14 drinks a week."

"Ok...."

"That guy over there that's 335-pound professional weight lifter over there? Yeah, he drinks 15 a week."

"ZOMG! Heavy drinker! Alcoholic!!!"
 
2014-06-26 07:20:18 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: So a 100 lb guy and a 350 lb guy are both "problem drinkers" at the same consumption level?


Mine had an imaginary story to go with it, so mine's better. :P

/:(
 
2014-06-26 07:20:59 PM  
Wow, according to science I can get up to 16 drinks a day. Since 15 a week is the upper cutoff for men to be considered "heavy drinkers"....what's beyond "alcoholic"?
 
v15
2014-06-26 07:21:44 PM  
shiat. On an average week I drink 86 beers per week. Mixed w/ 4mg Klonopin/day.
 
2014-06-26 07:22:27 PM  
Bullshiat.
 
2014-06-26 07:25:27 PM  

melopene: One of the biggest problems with public health research is that they define social phenomena based upon normative concepts of how the world SHOULD BE, not how the world ACTUALLY IS.

In a more objective world, an occasional drinker would be 0 drinks on MOST nights, a light drinker would be the type that has 1-2 drinks per night (wine or beer with dinner, scotch as a nightcap, something along those lines), a moderate drinker would be 2-4 drinks per night (up to the point of the single woman who drinks a bottle of merlot before bed), a heavy drinker would be 4-8 drinks per night, and a hardcore boozehound would be 8+, nightly. Binge drinkers should be considered those that do 8+ drinks in a single evening on occasion, either from a marathon drinking session, karaoke night, Fark party, or any time Jager bombs or flaming shots become involved.


I agree with you on most of that, but I personally don't think you're a light drinker if you have a drink every day, even if it is only 1.  I would think a light drinker would be having a drink or two once or twice a week.  But this is the problem with trying to define these things because everyone has a different perception of what is normal and acceptable.

Of course I don't really care how much people do or don't drink so it's really a moot point I guess.
 
2014-06-26 07:26:02 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Two or three fingers a night and a couple hand jobs on the weekend.


cbr250.com
 
2014-06-26 07:26:24 PM  
For a while last year, I was consuming a 1.75L bottle of vodka a day. Still here.
/Stoli at Costco.
 
2014-06-26 07:27:26 PM  
anyone care to guess how many beers 'some old beer drinker' drinks in a week?
 
2014-06-26 07:27:30 PM  

v15: shiat. On an average week I drink 86 beers per week. Mixed w/ 4mg Klonopin/day.


I had a roommate that drank a 30 pack of Budweiser a day.
 
2014-06-26 07:28:42 PM  
I generally have a beer a night, so does my wife.

If she has two in one night during the week, she becomes a heavy drinker?

Wow.
 
2014-06-26 07:28:57 PM  
As someone that doesn't come close to their definition of heavy drinker, this seems, stupid.
 
2014-06-26 07:29:34 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: So a 100 lb guy and a 350 lb guy are both "problem drinkers" at the same consumption level?


The 350 lb guy is the heavy drinker.
 
2014-06-26 07:31:35 PM  

uber humper: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: So a 100 lb guy and a 350 lb guy are both "problem drinkers" at the same consumption level?

The 350 lb guy is the heavy drinker.


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2014-06-26 07:32:00 PM  
Is 8-12 beers a night and a case and a half on weekends considered heavy?

/my friend wants to know
 
2014-06-26 07:34:42 PM  
I used to talk more trash about heavy drinkers. Then I realized I'd essentially become a functional stoner. People in glass houses and whatnot...
 
2014-06-26 07:36:20 PM  
My personal standard for heavy drinking is the level of psychological need for the drink.  Do you need to have two beers a night or do you like to have two beers a night?  This whole scale is just personal perception of how much a person can drink before the observer finds it offensive.
 
2014-06-26 07:36:22 PM  
Anyone who takes advice about their substance intake from a government agency has questionable judgement, and should probably smoke a doob and have a couple beers to help them reconsider.
 
2014-06-26 07:36:51 PM  

WTFDYW: Is 8-12 beers a night and a case and a half on weekends considered heavy?

/my friend wants to know


Dang how the hell do you, I mean your friend, consume that much liquid?  Even if it was just water you'd he'd be pissing 30 times a day right?
 
2014-06-26 07:37:46 PM  
375 ml of whisky, tequila or rum per evening

Can go weeks without craving.

Only side effect is weight which means I have to run more which means I have to buy shoes more often so I can't buy as much alcohol...oh, I see how this is supposed to work.
 
2014-06-26 07:37:50 PM  

WTFDYW: Is 8-12 beers a night and a case and a half on weekends considered heavy?

/my friend wants to know


My 'friend' says its not-so-bad, if you're buying the next round.
 
2014-06-26 07:38:43 PM  
So my 3 750ml bottles of vodka a week must make me some kind of medical oddity.

Or a Russian 4th grader.
 
2014-06-26 07:39:03 PM  
I've never understood the concern with the binge drinker. If you go out once or twice a month and drink 8 to 12 beers, you have a problem and are a "binge drinker?"

WTF is wrong with drinking more than 4 beers in a night once a week anyhow?
 
2014-06-26 07:40:15 PM  
So, uh, what does this do to the curve? I mean, I'm a step up from "teetotaler." I'll drink a serving on special occasions if I have migraine meds to take if I need them after. (Nine doses a month. That's it. The stuff works well, but too much means courting a heart attack or something.)

Anyway, does this curve push me up from "occasional" to "light?" Because that's weird.
 
2014-06-26 07:40:18 PM  
AA told me that one alcoholic beverage every six months made you a heavy drinker. I thought that was quite silly. Proved them differently by inviting a few of them out after the meeting.


/Dear Penthouse, I never expected this to happen but...................
 
2014-06-26 07:40:28 PM  
I'll put more stock in the info when the Kboob who said, "not handed down to Moses from God on Mount Olympus" gets his mythology straighten out.

/I need a drink!
 
2014-06-26 07:41:20 PM  
So if I have 15 in one night, but only drink once a week, I'm cool?
 
2014-06-26 07:43:05 PM  
"The definition of 'heavy drinker' has evolved over the last 20 years and it is based on scientific evidence about the harmful consequences of drinking too much," says George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse.

And who, oddly enough, had never been called the life of the party.

/Koob
//*snicker*
///DRINK
 
2014-06-26 07:43:53 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: So a 100 lb guy and a 350 lb guy are both "problem drinkers" at the same consumption level?


Exactly. Because we all have the same genetic makeup, and all weigh exactly the same, so these guidelines are universally applicable.
 
2014-06-26 07:43:54 PM  

NobleHam: So if I have 15 in one night, but only drink once a week, I'm cool?


...or at least drunk off your ass.
 
2014-06-26 07:44:16 PM  

GRCooper: Then I'm a heavy drinker. By the end of brunch. On Sunday.


LOL.

I know I don't want to do the math.

I actually don't drink much unless I am hanging out with other people... But I do that a bit.

I call it being a "social alcoholic" but it doesn't invade my normal life much. But I'm trying to cut down a little. Binge less often and reduce a drink here and there.

But sometimes my "Sunday Fundays" are epic.
 
2014-06-26 07:44:32 PM  

dr_blasto: I've never understood the concern with the binge drinker. If you go out once or twice a month and drink 8 to 12 beers, you have a problem and are a "binge drinker?"

WTF is wrong with drinking more than 4 beers in a night once a week anyhow?


They're saying that "binge drinking" is more harmful than drinking all the time.  I don't really care what they label it.

I'll keep drinking until I have reason to not be drinking.  (ow, stop it, liver!)
 
2014-06-26 07:44:43 PM  

Magnanimous_J: So my 3 750ml bottles of vodka a week must make me some kind of medical oddity.

Or a Russian 4th grader.


Probably more like "relatively common and under-reported".
 
2014-06-26 07:45:33 PM  
I've found that heroin helps me drink less. So I've got that going for me.
 
2014-06-26 07:46:30 PM  
14 drinks a week? That's a bottle of Johny Walker... so if I'm doing the math correctly, it means I become a heavy drinker only on each Tuesday.

Which is good news for me because it means I'm not a heavy drinker on 1 out of 7 days. Yeah.
 
2014-06-26 07:46:52 PM  
FTA:  Koob says the definitions vary because they're "not handed down to Moses from God on Mount Olympus."

Sounds like someone has had too many sips of pot.
 
2014-06-26 07:47:31 PM  
The CDC says a drink is 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content), 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content), or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits

So I go through about two of these a week:

globeliq.com

1.75 Liters. Someone do the math for me and tell me if I'm a heavy drinker or not.
 
2014-06-26 07:48:30 PM  
Meh, I have 1-2 beers a night, usually 3-4 over the course of the day on my days off. I don't actually care for beingdrunk, so I'm not sure I'd qualify as a problem drinker.

I also frequently go a week plus without drinking, since I just started home brewing and I've been experimenting a lot.

/I just enjoy the taste of beer.
//don't let it boil over. Even a little bit.
 
2014-06-26 07:51:19 PM  
The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Healthfound that heavy drinking was reported by 6.5% of the population over 12.

Over 12? What the hell was it for under 12? Elementary school has sure gotten rougher since I flunked out.
 
2014-06-26 07:52:25 PM  

fusillade762: The CDC says a drink is 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content), 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content), or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits

So I go through about two of these a week:

[globeliq.com image 500x500]

1.75 Liters. Someone do the math for me and tell me if I'm a heavy drinker or not.


That's roughly 79 drinks a week, so according to Dr. Kooby, your liver is crying.
 
2014-06-26 07:52:43 PM  

fusillade762: The CDC says a drink is 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content), 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content), or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits

So I go through about two of these a week:

[globeliq.com image 500x500]

1.75 Liters. Someone do the math for me and tell me if I'm a heavy drinker or not.


You're a heavy drinker.  You should probably also avoid bleeding near open flames.
 
2014-06-26 07:52:56 PM  

Magnanimous_J: So my 3 750ml bottles of vodka a week must make me some kind of medical oddity.

Or a Russian 4th grader.


That's bad, man. I used to drink 1.75L in 48 hours, take a day off for the hangover, then start again the next day. I did that for three years straight.

It was the DTs that led me to quit, have you had them yet? They'll make you kick the habit pretty fast, I guarantee it.
 
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