How Much is Too Much Alcohol?

Drinking too much alcohol can cause injury, accidents, and health problems. These types of problems can include:

  • Car crashes.

  • Falls.

  • Family fighting (domestic violence).

  • Drowning.

  • Fights.

  • Injuries.

  • Burns.

  • Damage to certain organs.

  • Having a baby with birth defects.

ONE DRINK CAN BE TOO MUCH WHEN YOU ARE:

  • Working.

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Taking medicines. Ask your doctor.

  • Driving or planning to drive.

WHAT IS A STANDARD DRINK?

  • 1 regular beer (12 ounces or 360 milliliters).

  • 1 glass of wine (5 ounces or 150 milliliters).

  • 1 shot of liquor (1.5 ounces or 45 milliliters).

BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVELS

  • .00 A person is sober.

  • .03 A person has no trouble keeping balance, talking, or seeing right, but a "buzz" may be felt.

  • .05 A person feels "buzzed" and relaxed.

  • .08 or .10 A person is drunk. He or she has trouble talking, seeing right, and keeping his or her balance.

  • .15 A person loses body control and may pass out (blackout).

  • .20 A person has trouble walking (staggering) and throws up (vomits).

  • .30 A person will pass out (unconscious).

  • .40+ A person will be in a coma. Death is possible.

If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, get help from a doctor.