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    Alcohol Definitions   
    What is a drink?
    • 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler1
    • 5-ounce glass of wine1
    • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits1
    • Please note that alcoholic contents can vary depending on drink type and/or size
    Reproduced with permission from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov)
    What is at-risk drinking?
    • At-risk drinking is the threshold of alcohol use that places a person at greater risk of alcohol abuse disorders, injuries, and health problems2 
    • In the non-pregnant woman, greater than three drinks of any one occasion OR more than seven drinks per week is considered at-risk drinking2, 3
    • In the pregnant woman, any amount of alcohol use is considered at-risk drinking2, 3
    • The Surgeon General recommends that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant abstain from alcohol4 
    What is binge drinking?
    • Binge drinking is defined by The National Survey on Drug Use and Health as five or more drinks on the same occasion in the past 30 days5
    1. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2008). Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue (4th ed.) [Brochure].
    2. Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health. Retrieved January 15, 2014 from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Web site: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/isyourdrinkingpatternrisky/whatsatriskorheavydrinking.asp
    3. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2011). ACOG committee opinion 496: At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence: Obstetric and Gynecologic Implications. Washington, DC: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
    4. Maryland PRAMS: Focus on Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking
    5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012.
    January, 2014