Understanding How Alcohol Affects Your Body

We sometimes over consume alcohol because we don’t quite understand how it affects our bodies. Unfortunately, having more than one or two drinks per Day can be too much for some. Here, you’ll find more information on how alcohol can affect the body and how many drinks are considered enough for both men and women.

According to health.gov, "If alcohol is consumed, it should be in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age. For those who choose to drink, moderate alcohol consumption can be incorporated into the calorie limits of most healthy eating patterns. The Dietary Guidelines does not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason; however, it does recommend that all foods and beverages consumed be accounted for within healthy eating patterns. Alcohol is not a component of the USDA Food Patterns. Thus, if alcohol is consumed, the calories from alcohol should be accounted for so that the limits on calories for other uses and total calories are not exceeded. For the purposes of evaluating amounts of alcohol that may be consumed, the Dietary Guidelines includes drink-equivalents. Packaged (e.g., canned beer, bottled wine) and mixed beverages (e.g., margarita, rum and soda, mimosa, sangria) vary in alcohol content. For this reason, it is important to determine how many alcoholic drink-equivalents are in the beverage and limit intake. Table A9-1 lists reference beverages that are one drink-equivalent and provides examples of alcoholic drink-equivalents in other alcoholic beverages."

Beer, beer coolers, malt beverages        

  • 12 fl oz at 4.2% alcohol
  • 12 fl oz at 5% alcohol
  • 12 fl oz at 7% alcohol
  • 12 fl oz at 9% alcohol
  • 16 fl oz at 5% alcohol


  • 5 fl oz at 12% alcohol
  • 9 fl oz at 12% alcohol
  • 5 fl oz at 15% alcohol
  • 5 fl oz at 17% alcohol

Distilled spirits 

  • 5 fl oz 80 proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol)

If you’re worried that you have an alcohol abuse problem after reading this, feel free to contact our alcohol rehab. We are here to help you find sobriety.

Charlotte Alcohol Rehab Center

If you’re suffering from an addiction and need help, consider Legacy Freedom’s alternative therapy options. Our success rate is higher than traditional rehab facilities that require you to stay in-house until the program is complete. We know how hard it is to beat addiction. That’s why we’ve come up with a better, more successful program that will help.  We offer you the following:

  • intensive outpatient care
  • one-on-one counseling
  • group and family sessions
  • holistic, alternative therapies
  • life-purpose planning

In addition to alcohol, we also treat the following substance abuse issues and addictions, as well:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine and Crack Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Sedatives
  • Barbiturates
  • Stimulants – Adderall, Ritalin, etc.
  • Painkillers – Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc.
  • Benzodiazepines – Valium, Xanax, Diazepam, Klonipin, etc.
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Other Addictions: Shopping, Gaming, Food, etc.

The following therapy programs will help you recover:

  • Adventure Therapy
  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Discharge/Aftercare
  • Equine Assisted
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Inner Child
  • Life/Purpose Coaching
  • Meditation Therapy
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sound Therapy
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Our Charlotte alcohol rehab center is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life. Call now.

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