Alcohol and Your Health
How much drinking is too much? It’s important to be aware of the amount of alcohol you are drinking, the harm that drinking can cause, and ways to reduce your risks.
It can be hard to tell if you’re drinking too much. That’s because alcohol use does not just fall into a normal pattern or alcohol abuse—it’s a range from not drinking at all to using in excess.
Drinking too much alcohol on any single day or over time can lead to serious health problems. If you take certain medications or have a condition like liver disease, drinking alcohol is not recommended.
Standard alcoholic beverage chart
Talk to your doctor
- If you are a woman who has more than 3 drinks at one time or more than 7 drinks a week
- If you are a man who has more than 4 drinks at one time or more than 14 drinks a week
Need support to lower your drinking risk?
We have specialists who can help you safely and privately. Call your local area. You do not need a referral.
Antelope Valley | 661-951-0070
Baldwin Park | 626-814-6500
Downey | 562-657-2011
Kern County | 855-323-2700
Los Angeles | 323-783-8206
Orange County | 714-748-6226
Panorama City | 818-758-1200
Riverside | 951-601-6174
San Bernardino County | 909-427-5128
San Diego | 619-221-6550
South Bay | 310-513-6707
West Los Angeles | 310-915-4515
Woodland Hills | 855-701-7955
Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol use disorder means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time. It can range from mild to severe. The more signs you have, the more severe the disorder may be. Moderate to severe alcohol use disorder is sometimes called addiction.
Learning About Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol use disorder means that a person drinks alcohol even though it causes harm to themselves or others. It can range from mild to severe. The more signs of this disorder you have, the more severe it may be. Moderate to severe alcohol use disorder is sometimes called addiction. People who have it may find it hard to control their use of alcohol.