Ok folks, we’re into our third quiz and are noticing a disturbing trend that could impact your ability to win an iPad2. One of the rules of the contest is that you actually have to answer the questions correctly. And one question in particular seems to be especially perplexing for entrants. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the answer to the question, “What are the Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines?” is not “up to 7 standard drinks per week for women and 12 standard drinks per week for men.” This clue should help you answer the question correctly and make sure you are eligible for that snazzy iPad2.
There have been numerous articles over the years on alcohol and the link to various chronic diseases – often with conflicting information. The most recent report talks about the link between alcohol and cancer. So how do you decide what amount of alcohol is safe? The article does agree with the CAMH low-risk drinking guidelines, which state that no alcohol = no risk, especially as it relates to cancer prevention. Other than that, you need to make your own decisions about what is low risk for you. Stay tuned, sounds like as more research comes out, the drinking guidelines will be changing.
Most people know that there is a link between alcohol and chronic disease. And it’s probably fair to say that when people consider that link, they think about alcohol and liver disease. We now know however, that there is a link between alcohol and other chronic diseases, that even moderate drinkers can be at risk and that it does have a significant impact on our local health care system. Consider that in our area, Simcoe Muskoka, there were an estimated 1,256 chronic disease-related hospitalizations and more than 6,800 injury-related hospitalizations directly attributable to alcohol use between 2003 and 2009. Follow the low-risk drinking guidelines to reduce your risk.
Math has never been a strength of mine. The low-risk drinking guidelines recommend a maximum of 1-2 standard drinks per day and a weekly limit of 9 standard drinks for women and 14 standard drinks for men. Easy so far….
Well, what if you don’t drink any alcohol during the weekdays and ‘save’ up your alcohol for the weekends? Does that leave me with 7 drinks per day for a man and 4 or 5 drinks per day for a woman? Actually, no. That would be binge drinking, something some 44% of local adults 20 years and older reported doing in the past 12 months in the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey.
For some things, you may be able to save up and ‘binge’ but it doesn’t work that way for alcohol. Whether a daily limit or a weekly limit…a limit is still a limit. And no more than that. Remember–you can’t lose the word ‘daily’.
They drink like mad, they smoke like mad and they chase women like mad. Is it any wonder Mad Men is so addictive? Whether or not they really did carry on like that back then is a topic much discussed in media. Some say it’s not possible to drink like these characters and still function, while others in the advertising business remember these days and see them as wonderfully accurate. The era was before my time, but I once had a conversation with a friend who was raised in Don Mills, Canada’s first planned community. Her mom was a suburban housewife, a role depicted as somewhat oppressive in Mad Men, and when her businessman father returned home from the office, her mom had the cocktails ready. Today this lifestyle seems like a cliché, but it really was another time, before we knew that smoking kills, and that drinking beyond the low risk drinking guidelines can harm our health.