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Risky Drinking
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Construct Name: Risky Drinking
Definition of Construct: A maladaptive drinking pattern or volume that exceeds the guidelines set forth by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which recommends no more than 3 standard drinks on any single day and no more than 7 standard drinks per week for women and no more than 4 standard drinks on any single day and no more than 14 standard drinks per week for men. A standard drink contains 12 grams of ethanol, which can be found in one standard 12-ounce can of beer, 1.5 ounces of an 80 proof liquor, or 4 ounces of wine. A drinking pattern or volume that exceeds the NIAAA guidelines is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, neurocognitive impairments, some cancers, and in increased risk for injury, death, and alcohol dependence.
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  • Substance Abuse
Theoretical Foundation: Definitions of risky drinking and guidelines for alcohol consumption are based on empirical research and regional norms. These guidelines have varied over time and currently differ by country. The NIAAA guidelines serve as the current standard in the United States and are the basis for this definition. The latest NIAAA guidelines can be found here: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/moderate-binge-drinking
Similar Constructs: Excessive Alcohol Use, Unhealthy Alcohol Use
Keywords: alcohol, alcohol abuse, alcohol use disorder, alcoholism, at-risk drinking, binge drinking, heavy drinking, unhealthy drinking
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(Last Updated: 9/22/2016 12:59:49 PM by Rachel Hoopsick)

     

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