After we realize we have become alcoholics that’s definitely the question of the day. How did this ever happen to me? It certainly wasn’t planned.
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Men are still more likely than women to drink excessively. Excessive drinking is associated with various types of risk-taking behavior due to the lack of inhibitions alcohol causes, and the risk increases as the amount of drinking increases. Men are also more likely than women to test the limits with actions such as speeding while driving when combined with heavy drinking, increasing their risk of injury or death.
Drinking levels for men
Injuries and deaths as a result of excessive alcohol use
Reproductive Health and Sexual Function
Excessive alcohol use can interfere with male hormone production resulting in impotence, infertility, and reduction of other male sex characteristics, such as facial and chest hair.
Excessive alcohol use is commonly involved in sexual assaults. Impaired judgment caused by alcohol may worsen the tendency of some men to mistake a women’s friendly behavior for sexual interest and misjudge their use of force. Also, alcohol use by men increases the chances of engaging in risky sexual activity including unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, or sex with a partner at risk for sexually transmitted diseases.
Heavy drinking increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and liver.
In the U.S., a standard drink has about half an ounce (13.7 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:
Excessive drinking – includes heavy drinking, binge drinking or both.
These statistics are from the Center for Disease Control, March 2008.