What Makes a Heavy Drinker?

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heavy drinkerMost people overestimate just what it takes to meet the definition of a heavy drinker. When you think of a heavy drinker, you  may imagine a drunk (typically a man) who is nearly unable to handle their own affairs; they slur, they show up to work and social events drunk, their clothing and hygiene is in disarray, their finances are a mess due to spending too much on alcohol, and of course, they are continuously pelted with legal charges from DUIs to disorderly conduct to whatever else may arise out of this kind of behavior.

What may be a surprise to those who think this way is that, according to the Center’s for Disease Control (CDC), a woman is considered to be a heavy drinker if she consumes  eight or more drinks in a week, and a man is considered to be drinking heavily if he has fifteen or more drinks in a seven day period.

In addition to the potential health problems often brought about by excessive alcohol consumption, heavy drinkers are often prone to engaging in acts that are dangerous and illegal such as drunk driving , assault, disorderly conduct and other behaviors that can lead to arrest, heavy fines, license suspension, and even jail time.

What Heavy Drinking Leads To

Many people who find themselves in jail for a DUI or another alcohol related offense would never have thought of themselves as the type to ever get a DUI, much less spend time behind bars.  They may also not have considered themselves to be a heavy drinker even though they meet the criteria outlined by the CDD.

Rather than allow yourself to live in denial of any criminal charges you are facing and any alcohol problem you may have,  if you have been charged with DUI/DWI or other alcohol related charge it is vital that you acquire knowledgeable legal representation to help you fight the criminal charges you are facing and seek help from a reputable alcohol treatment facility if necessary.  With the proper legal representation, you can potentially stay out of jail and work to regain balance in your life.   For a free case evaluation with one of Alpert Schreyer’s top rated DUI attorneys call us at 866-444-6363 today.

Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm#heavyDrinking

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.