Alcohol and Drug Use
Many people drink alcohol to relax; however, individuals who have alcohol abuse disorders drink excessively. Individuals diagnosed with alcohol abuse disorders experience alcohol-related difficulties that interfere with their daily functioning. Additionally, those who abuse drugs and alcohol often fail to fulfill school, work or family obligations, and they may have legal problems related to their drug/alcohol use. This excessive alcohol consumption may also negatively impact the lives of both their family members and friends. For most adults, moderate alcohol use would consist of no more than one to two alcoholic beverages per day. A drink is defined as 1.4 ounces of spirits, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer, all of which contain 0.5 ounces of alcohol.