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Gallup -måling viser, at størstedelen af ​​amerikanerne drikker (og foretrækker øl frem for vin og spiritus)

Mindst to tredjedele af amerikanerne drikker lejlighedsvis ifølge denne Gallup-undersøgelse.

I den årlige State of the Drink -undersøgelse har Gallup opdaget, at størstedelen af ​​amerikanerne kan lide en drink i ny og næ.

Gallup opdaterede for nylig sin årlige undersøgelse af Amerikas drikkevaner og fandt ud af, at mindst to tredjedele af amerikanerne drikker lejlighedsvis. Da de blev spurgt om deres foretrukne drink, havde mænd og kvinder to forskellige svar: mere end halvdelen af ​​mændene gik til øl, og mere end halvdelen af ​​kvinderne gik til vin. Øl er også hovedvalget for 18 til 34-menneskemængden, mens de ældre end 55 foretrak vin.

Mens de fleste svar på undersøgelsen syntes at være på niveau med sidste års, var der en overraskelse: 22 procent af de adspurgte sagde, at de "nogle gange drikker for meget", op fra 17 procent fra sidste år. Tjek resten af ​​Gallups undersøgelse, og se, hvad dine medamerikanere drikker.

(Foto ændret: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski/CC 4.0)


Ved du, hvad der udgør en standarddrink i Canadas retningslinjer for alkohol?

Da vi går ind i feriecocktailpartysæsonen, ved de fleste sociale drikkere, at de sandsynligvis vil drikke mere end normalt.

Færre er dog sandsynligvis klar over, at Canada's retningslinjer for lavrisikoalkohol anbefaler, at folk begrænser sig til kun fire drinks (tre til kvinder) ved en enkelt lejlighed. Eller det faktum, at tre drinks på en enkelt nat repræsenterer en femtedel af den foreslåede ugentlige alkohol øvre grænse 󈟟 drikkevarer hver syvende dag. Kvinder får kun 10 om ugen med den begrundelse, at de generelt er mindre og metaboliserer alkohol forskelligt.

Det betyder, at kvinder, der kan lide vin til middag, overskrider anbefalingerne med den tilsyneladende godartede handling at dele en flaske med deres partner hver nat. Hvis vi imidlertid boede i Spanien (hvor retningslinjer klassificerer to drikkevarer om dagen som lavrisiko, selv for kvinder), ville det andet glas vin være helt sundt.

Jeg forklarede mine planer om at flytte til Spanien til Dr. Tim Stockwell, direktør for Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research i Victoria, hvilket til min lettelse fik ham til at grine, selvom han forklarede, at mine risici ikke vil ændre sig ligegyldigt hvor jeg drikker min vin. Han bemærkede dog, at jeg havde en ting for mig, idet jeg i det mindste faktisk ved, hvad retningslinjerne er. De fleste canadiere gør det ikke.

Vi har gennemført et par undersøgelser gennem årene forskellige steder på forskellige tidspunkter, og jeg tror, ​​at det er cirka 25 til 30 procent af voksne, der er klar over retningslinjerne, ” siger Stockwell. Det eneste sted, der er anderledes, er Qu ébec, fordi Soci ét é des Alcools du Qu ébec har investeret i alle slags ganske kloge mediekampagner. Og undersøgelserne indikerer, at størstedelen af ​​voksne der faktisk kender retningslinjerne for drikke, hvilket er ganske bemærkelsesværdigt. ”

Det er svært at holde sig til retningslinjer, som du slet ikke ved, eksisterer, så Stockwell foreslår, at alle bør slå dem op, især da der er masser af andre nyttige oplysninger derinde, såsom at holde drikkevarer ude med vand og spise mens de drikker. Eller lære hvad der præcist udgør en “standard ” drink —a forvirrende måleenhed, der ofte ikke svarer til, hvordan vi drikker i den virkelige verden.

En standarddrink i Canada har 17,2 ml “ ren alkohol, ”, hvilket repræsenterer en øl på 12 ounce (fem procent alkohol efter volumen eller “ABV ”), et halvanden ounce skud spiritus (40 procent ABV) eller en fem-ounce hældning af 12 procent ABV-vin. Problemerne kryber ind, når du indser, at mange (hvis ikke de fleste) håndværkscocktailopskrifter kræver to ounce spiritus (eller mere), restauranter tilbyder vinstore portioner i stor størrelse, og når vi hælder derhjemme, ser vi alt i stedet for at bruge en shot glas. Ølkategorien er især skilt fra samtidskulturen, da vi nu mindst lige så sandsynligt vil løfte et 16 ounce glas stærkt øl (som godt kan veje 12 procent), da vi skal drikke en flaske med fem procent øl.

Jeg tvivler på, at folk, der drikker en 16-ounce øl, tænker ‘ Åh, jeg drikker en og en tredjedel standarddrikke lige nu, så jeg kunne bedre se det for mine retningslinjeniveauer, ’ ” siger Dr. Sadie Boniface, forskningskoordinator ved London (England ’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. Jeg tror bare ikke, at det er realistisk, hvordan mennesker lever deres liv. Og når det kommer til vin, er de nu ofte omkring 13 procent eller mere, og på samme tid har vi set glasstørrelser blive større. Så det gør det endnu vigtigere, at der gives præcise oplysninger sammen med bestræbelser på at øge bevidstheden. ”

Tilbage i Canada siger Stockwell, at det ville hjælpe folk med at forstå, hvor meget de rent faktisk drikker, hvis vi havde etiketter på emballagen, der kvantificerede mængden af ​​absolut alkohol —og hvordan det passede ind i retningslinjerne for lav risiko. Den anden hindring er imidlertid, om folk overhovedet husker, hvor meget de havde at drikke i sidste uge. Undersøgelse efter undersøgelse i lande over hele verden har konsekvent fundet ud af, at folk underrapporterer deres forbrug, et fænomen, som Boniface fokuserede sin forskning på til sin ph.d. ved University College London.

Det, min forskning om underrapportering var baseret på, er forskellen mellem, hvor meget alkohol der sælges, og hvor meget alkohol, folk siger, at de drikker. Typisk rapporteres mellem 40 og 60 procent af alkoholen, der sælges i landet beruset, ” siger Boniface og bemærker, at det i England er tættere på 60 procent.

Selvfølgelig bliver resten — stort set halvdelen af ​​den solgte alkohol hældt ned i afløbet eller spildt på disken. Vi ved ikke, hvor hver dråbe af alkoholen, der ikke er redegjort for, går, men Boniface siger en af ​​hovedårsagerne til, at vi ikke er klar over, hvor meget vi drikker de førnævnte forskellige størrelser og styrker af drikkevarer, ud over et andet problem, nemlig at mange mennesker ikke lægger så stor vægt på, hvor meget de drikker.

Det blev virkelig bragt hjem til mig med et af de interviews, jeg lavede med en kvinde, der sagde, at det var som at spørge hende, hvor mange gange hun tog til toalettet hver dag, ” siger Boniface. For mange mennesker er det bare almindeligt, ikke noget du holder styr på. ”

Især ved særlige lejligheder viser det sig. Stockwell siger, at folk er notorisk dårlige til at huske, hvad de drak ved fødselsdage, familiesammenkomster og feriefester og undlader at inkludere det i deres antal, når de tæller deres forbrug op. Det kan godt lide drikkevarer på ferie eller til fester eller, for mig, i Spanien, tæller ikke med. Bortset fra som Stockwell påpeger, tæller de alle, uanset hvor du drikker dem.

Indlæser.

Så hvis du er bekymret for den vejafgift, den kommende sociale sæson kan tage på dit helbred, er midlet faktisk ret simpelt: Tjek retningslinjerne, lær at få øje på drinks i super størrelse, og vigtigst af alt, begynd at være opmærksom.

Især ved feriesamlinger og da det er de drikkevarer, vi sandsynligvis vil miste overblikket over.


Ved du, hvad der udgør en standarddrink efter Canadas retningslinjer for alkohol?

Da vi går ind i feriecocktailpartysæsonen, ved de fleste sociale drikkere, at de sandsynligvis vil drikke mere end normalt.

Færre er dog sandsynligvis klar over, at Canada's retningslinjer for lavrisikoalkohol anbefaler, at folk begrænser sig til kun fire drinks (tre til kvinder) ved en enkelt lejlighed. Eller det faktum, at tre drinks på en enkelt nat repræsenterer en femtedel af den foreslåede ugentlige øvre alkoholgrænse 󈟟 drikkevarer hver syvende dag. Kvinder får kun 10 om ugen med den begrundelse, at de generelt er mindre og metaboliserer alkohol forskelligt.

Det betyder, at kvinder, der kan lide vin til middag, overskrider anbefalingerne med den tilsyneladende godartede handling at dele en flaske med deres partner hver nat. Hvis vi imidlertid boede i Spanien (hvor retningslinjer klassificerer to drikkevarer om dagen som lavrisiko, selv for kvinder), ville det andet glas vin være helt sundt.

Jeg forklarede mine planer om at flytte til Spanien til Dr. Tim Stockwell, direktør for Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research i Victoria, hvilket til min lettelse fik ham til at grine, selvom han forklarede, at mine risici ikke vil ændre sig ligegyldigt hvor jeg drikker min vin. Han bemærkede dog, at jeg havde en ting ved mig, idet jeg i det mindste faktisk ved, hvad retningslinjerne er. De fleste canadiere gør det ikke.

Vi har gennemført et par undersøgelser gennem årene forskellige steder på forskellige tidspunkter, og jeg tror, ​​at det er cirka 25 til 30 procent af voksne, der er klar over retningslinjerne, ” siger Stockwell. Det eneste sted, der er anderledes, er Qu ébec, fordi Soci ét é des Alcools du Qu ébec har investeret i alle slags ganske kloge mediekampagner. Og undersøgelserne indikerer, at størstedelen af ​​voksne der faktisk kender retningslinjerne for drikke, hvilket er ganske bemærkelsesværdigt. ”

Det er svært at holde sig til retningslinjer, som du slet ikke ved, eksisterer, så Stockwell foreslår, at alle bør slå dem op, især da der er masser af andre nyttige oplysninger derinde, som at holde drikkevarer ude med vand og spise mens de drikker. Eller lære hvad der præcist udgør en “standard ” drink —a forvirrende måleenhed, der ofte ikke svarer til, hvordan vi drikker i den virkelige verden.

En standarddrink i Canada har 17,2 ml “ ren alkohol, ”, hvilket repræsenterer en øl på 12 ounce (fem procent alkohol efter volumen eller “ABV ”), et halvanden ounce skud spiritus (40 procent ABV) eller en fem-ounce hældning af 12 procent ABV-vin. Problemerne kryber ind, når du indser, at mange (hvis ikke de fleste) håndværkscocktailopskrifter kræver to ounce spiritus (eller mere), restauranter tilbyder vinstore portioner i stor størrelse, og når vi hælder derhjemme, ser vi alt i stedet for at bruge en shot glas. Ølkategorien er især skilt fra samtidskulturen, da vi nu mindst lige så sandsynligt vil hejse et 16 ounce glas stærkt øl (som godt kan veje 12 procent), da vi skal drikke en flaske med fem procent øl.

Jeg tvivler på, at folk, der drikker en 16-ounce øl, tænker ‘ Åh, jeg drikker en og en tredjedel standarddrikke lige nu, så jeg kunne bedre se det for mine retningslinjeniveauer, ’ ” siger Dr. Sadie Boniface, forskningskoordinator ved London (England ’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. Jeg tror bare ikke, at det er realistisk, hvordan mennesker lever deres liv. Og når det kommer til vin, er de nu ofte omkring 13 procent eller mere, og på samme tid har vi set glasstørrelser blive større. Så det gør det endnu vigtigere, at der gives præcise oplysninger sammen med bestræbelser på at øge bevidstheden. ”

Tilbage i Canada siger Stockwell, at det ville hjælpe folk med at forstå, hvor meget de rent faktisk drikker, hvis vi havde etiketter på emballagen, der kvantificerede mængden af ​​absolut alkohol —og hvordan det passede ind i retningslinjerne for lav risiko. Den anden hindring er imidlertid, om folk overhovedet husker, hvor meget de havde at drikke i sidste uge. Undersøgelse efter undersøgelse i lande over hele verden har konsekvent fundet ud af, at folk underrapporterer deres forbrug, et fænomen, som Boniface fokuserede sin forskning på til sin ph.d. ved University College London.

Det, min forskning om underrapportering var baseret på, er forskellen mellem, hvor meget alkohol der sælges, og hvor meget alkohol, folk siger, at de drikker. Typisk rapporteres mellem 40 og 60 procent af alkoholen, der sælges i landet beruset, ” siger Boniface og bemærker, at det i England er tættere på 60 procent.

Selvfølgelig bliver resten — stort set halvdelen af ​​den solgte alkohol hældt ned i afløbet eller spildt på disken. Vi ved ikke, hvor hver dråbe af alkoholen, der ikke er redegjort for, går, men Boniface siger en af ​​hovedårsagerne til, at vi ikke er klar over, hvor meget vi drikker de førnævnte forskellige størrelser og styrker af drikkevarer, ud over et andet problem, nemlig at mange mennesker ikke lægger så stor vægt på, hvor meget de drikker.

Det blev virkelig bragt hjem til mig med et af de interviews, jeg lavede med en kvinde, der sagde, at det var som at spørge hende, hvor mange gange hun tog til toalettet hver dag, ” siger Boniface. For mange mennesker er det bare almindeligt, ikke noget du holder styr på. ”

Især ved særlige lejligheder viser det sig. Stockwell siger, at folk er notorisk dårlige til at huske, hvad de drak ved fødselsdage, familiesammenkomster og feriefester og undlader at inkludere det i deres antal, når de tæller deres forbrug op. Det kan godt lide drikkevarer på ferie eller til fester eller, for mig, i Spanien, tæller ikke med. Bortset fra som Stockwell påpeger, tæller de alle, uanset hvor du drikker dem.

Indlæser.

Så hvis du er bekymret for den vejafgift, den kommende sociale sæson kan tage på dit helbred, er midlet faktisk ret simpelt: Tjek retningslinjerne, lær at få øje på drinks i super størrelse, og vigtigst af alt, begynd at være opmærksom.

Især ved feriesamlinger og da det er de drikkevarer, vi sandsynligvis vil miste overblikket over.


Ved du, hvad der udgør en standarddrink i Canadas retningslinjer for alkohol?

Da vi går ind i feriecocktailpartysæsonen, ved de fleste sociale drikkere, at de sandsynligvis vil drikke mere end normalt.

Færre er dog sandsynligvis klar over, at Canada's retningslinjer for lavrisikoalkohol anbefaler, at folk begrænser sig til kun fire drinks (tre til kvinder) ved en enkelt lejlighed. Eller det faktum, at tre drinks på en enkelt nat repræsenterer en femtedel af den foreslåede ugentlige øvre alkoholgrænse 󈟟 drikkevarer hver syvende dag. Kvinder får kun 10 om ugen med den begrundelse, at de generelt er mindre og metaboliserer alkohol forskelligt.

Det betyder, at kvinder, der kan lide vin til middag, overskrider anbefalingerne med den tilsyneladende godartede handling at dele en flaske med deres partner hver nat. Hvis vi imidlertid boede i Spanien (hvor retningslinjer klassificerer to drikkevarer om dagen som lavrisiko, selv for kvinder), ville det andet glas vin være helt sundt.

Jeg forklarede mine planer om at flytte til Spanien til Dr. Tim Stockwell, direktør for Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research i Victoria, hvilket til min lettelse fik ham til at grine, selvom han forklarede, at mine risici ikke vil ændre sig ligegyldigt hvor jeg drikker min vin. Han bemærkede dog, at jeg havde en ting for mig, idet jeg i det mindste faktisk ved, hvad retningslinjerne er. De fleste canadiere gør det ikke.

Vi har gennemført et par undersøgelser gennem årene forskellige steder på forskellige tidspunkter, og jeg tror, ​​at det er cirka 25 til 30 procent af voksne, der er klar over retningslinjerne, ” siger Stockwell. Det eneste sted, der er anderledes, er Qu ébec, fordi Soci ét é des Alcools du Qu ébec har investeret i alle slags ganske kloge mediekampagner. Og undersøgelserne indikerer, at størstedelen af ​​voksne der faktisk kender retningslinjerne for drikke, hvilket er ganske bemærkelsesværdigt. ”

Det er svært at holde sig til retningslinjer, som du slet ikke ved, eksisterer, så Stockwell foreslår, at alle bør slå dem op, især da der er masser af andre nyttige oplysninger derinde, som at holde drikkevarer ude med vand og spise mens de drikker. Eller lære hvad der præcist udgør en “standard ” drink —a forvirrende måleenhed, der ofte ikke svarer til, hvordan vi drikker i den virkelige verden.

En standarddrink i Canada har 17,2 ml “ ren alkohol, ”, hvilket repræsenterer en øl på 12 ounce (fem procent alkohol efter volumen eller “ABV ”), et halvanden ounce skud spiritus (40 procent ABV) eller en fem-ounce hældning af 12 procent ABV-vin. Problemerne kryber ind, når du indser, at mange (hvis ikke de fleste) håndværkscocktailopskrifter kræver to ounce spiritus (eller mere), restauranter tilbyder vinstore portioner i stor størrelse, og når vi hælder derhjemme, ser vi alt i stedet for at bruge en shot glas. Ølkategorien er især skilt fra samtidskulturen, da vi nu mindst lige så sandsynligt vil hejse et 16 ounce glas stærkt øl (som godt kan veje 12 procent), da vi skal drikke en flaske med fem procent øl.

Jeg tvivler på, at de mennesker, der drikker en 16 ounce øl, tænker ‘ Åh, jeg drikker en og en tredjedel standarddrikke lige nu, så jeg ville bedre se det for mine retningslinjeniveauer, ’ ” siger Dr. Sadie Boniface, forskningskoordinator ved London (England ’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. Jeg tror bare ikke, at det er realistisk, hvordan mennesker lever deres liv. Og når det kommer til vin, er de nu ofte omkring 13 procent eller mere, og på samme tid har vi set glasstørrelser blive større. Så det gør det endnu vigtigere, at der gives præcise oplysninger sammen med bestræbelser på at øge bevidstheden. ”

Tilbage i Canada siger Stockwell, at det ville hjælpe folk med at forstå, hvor meget de rent faktisk drikker, hvis vi havde etiketter på emballagen, der kvantificerede mængden af ​​absolut alkohol —og hvordan det passede ind i retningslinjerne for lav risiko. Den anden hindring er imidlertid, om folk overhovedet husker, hvor meget de havde at drikke i sidste uge. Undersøgelse efter undersøgelse i lande over hele verden har konsekvent fundet ud af, at folk underrapporterer deres forbrug, et fænomen, som Boniface fokuserede sin forskning på til sin ph.d. ved University College London.

Det, min forskning om underrapportering var baseret på, er forskellen mellem, hvor meget alkohol der sælges, og hvor meget alkohol, folk siger, at de drikker. Typisk rapporteres mellem 40 og 60 procent af alkoholen, der sælges i landet beruset, ” siger Boniface og bemærker, at det i England er tættere på 60 procent.

Selvfølgelig bliver resten — stort set halvdelen af ​​den alkohol, der sælges, ikke hældt ned i afløbet eller spildt på disken. Vi ved ikke, hvor hver dråbe af alkoholen, der ikke er redegjort for, går, men Boniface siger en af ​​hovedårsagerne til, at vi ikke er klar over, hvor meget vi drikker de førnævnte forskellige størrelser og styrker af drikkevarer, ud over et andet problem, nemlig at mange mennesker ikke lægger så stor vægt på, hvor meget de drikker.

Det blev virkelig bragt hjem til mig med et af de interviews, jeg lavede med en kvinde, der sagde, at det var som at spørge hende, hvor mange gange hun tog til toalettet hver dag, ” siger Boniface. For mange mennesker er det bare almindeligt, ikke noget du holder styr på. ”

Især ved særlige lejligheder viser det sig. Stockwell siger, at folk er notorisk dårlige til at huske, hvad de drak på fødselsdage, familiesammenkomster og feriefester og undlader at inkludere det i deres antal, når de tæller deres forbrug op. Det kan godt lide drikkevarer på ferie eller til fester eller, for mig, i Spanien, tæller ikke med. Bortset fra som Stockwell påpeger, tæller de alle, uanset hvor du drikker dem.

Indlæser.

Så hvis du er bekymret for den vejafgift, den kommende sociale sæson kan tage på dit helbred, er midlet faktisk ret simpelt: Tjek retningslinjerne, lær at få øje på drinks i super størrelse, og vigtigst af alt, begynd at være opmærksom.

Især ved feriesamlinger og da det er de drikkevarer, vi sandsynligvis vil miste overblikket over.


Ved du, hvad der udgør en standarddrink efter Canadas retningslinjer for alkohol?

Da vi går ind i feriecocktailpartysæsonen, ved de fleste sociale drikkere, at de sandsynligvis vil drikke mere end normalt.

Færre er dog sandsynligvis klar over, at Canada's retningslinjer for lavrisikoalkohol anbefaler, at folk begrænser sig til kun fire drinks (tre til kvinder) ved en enkelt lejlighed. Eller det faktum, at tre drinks på en enkelt nat repræsenterer en femtedel af den foreslåede ugentlige øvre alkoholgrænse 󈟟 drikkevarer hver syvende dag. Kvinder får kun 10 om ugen med den begrundelse, at de generelt er mindre og metaboliserer alkohol forskelligt.

Det betyder, at kvinder, der kan lide vin til middag, overskrider anbefalingerne med den tilsyneladende godartede handling at dele en flaske med deres partner hver nat. Hvis vi imidlertid boede i Spanien (hvor retningslinjer klassificerer to drikkevarer om dagen som lavrisiko, selv for kvinder), ville det andet glas vin være helt sundt.

Jeg forklarede mine planer om at flytte til Spanien til Dr. Tim Stockwell, direktør for Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research i Victoria, hvilket til min lettelse fik ham til at grine, selvom han forklarede, at mine risici ikke vil ændre sig ligegyldigt hvor jeg drikker min vin. Han bemærkede dog, at jeg havde en ting ved mig, idet jeg i det mindste faktisk ved, hvad retningslinjerne er. De fleste canadiere gør det ikke.

Vi har gennemført et par undersøgelser gennem årene forskellige steder på forskellige tidspunkter, og jeg tror, ​​at det er cirka 25 til 30 procent af voksne, der er klar over retningslinjerne, ” siger Stockwell. Det eneste sted, der er anderledes, er Qu ébec, fordi Soci ét é des Alcools du Qu ébec har investeret i alle slags ganske kloge mediekampagner. Og undersøgelserne indikerer, at størstedelen af ​​voksne der faktisk kender retningslinjerne for drikke, hvilket er ganske bemærkelsesværdigt. ”

Det er svært at holde sig til retningslinjer, som du slet ikke ved, eksisterer, så Stockwell foreslår, at alle bør slå dem op, især da der er masser af andre nyttige oplysninger derinde, som at holde drikkevarer ude med vand og spise mens de drikker. Eller lære hvad der præcist udgør en “standard ” drink —a forvirrende måleenhed, der ofte ikke svarer til, hvordan vi drikker i den virkelige verden.

En standarddrink i Canada har 17,2 ml “ ren alkohol, ”, hvilket repræsenterer en øl på 12 ounce (fem procent alkohol efter volumen eller “ABV ”), et halvandet ounce skud spiritus (40 procent ABV) eller en fem-ounce hældning af 12 procent ABV-vin. Problemerne kryber ind, når du indser, at mange (hvis ikke de fleste) håndværkscocktailopskrifter kræver to ounce spiritus (eller mere), restauranter tilbyder vinstore portioner i stor størrelse, og når vi hælder derhjemme, ser vi alt i stedet for at bruge en shot glas. Ølkategorien er især skilt fra samtidskulturen, da vi nu mindst lige så sandsynligt vil hejse et 16 ounce glas stærkt øl (som godt kan veje 12 procent), da vi skal drikke en flaske med fem procent øl.

Jeg tvivler på, at de mennesker, der drikker en 16 ounce øl, tænker ‘ Åh, jeg drikker en og en tredjedel standarddrikke lige nu, så jeg ville bedre se det for mine retningslinjeniveauer, ’ ” siger Dr. Sadie Boniface, forskningskoordinator ved London (England ’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. Jeg tror bare ikke, at det er realistisk, hvordan mennesker lever deres liv. Og når det kommer til vin, er de nu ofte omkring 13 procent eller mere, og på samme tid har vi set glasstørrelser blive større. Så det gør det endnu vigtigere, at der gives præcise oplysninger sammen med bestræbelser på at øge bevidstheden. ”

Tilbage i Canada siger Stockwell, at det ville hjælpe folk med at forstå, hvor meget de rent faktisk drikker, hvis vi havde etiketter på emballagen, der kvantificerede mængden af ​​absolut alkohol —og hvordan det passede ind i retningslinjerne for lav risiko. Den anden hindring er imidlertid, om folk overhovedet husker, hvor meget de havde at drikke i sidste uge. Undersøgelse efter undersøgelse i lande over hele verden har konsekvent fundet ud af, at folk underrapporterer deres forbrug, et fænomen, som Boniface fokuserede sin forskning på til sin ph.d. ved University College London.

Det, min forskning om underrapportering var baseret på, er forskellen mellem, hvor meget alkohol der sælges, og hvor meget alkohol, folk siger, at de drikker. Typisk rapporteres mellem 40 og 60 procent af alkoholen, der sælges i landet beruset, ” siger Boniface og bemærker, at det i England er tættere på 60 procent.

Selvfølgelig bliver resten — stort set halvdelen af ​​den alkohol, der sælges, ikke hældt ned i afløbet eller spildt på disken. Vi ved ikke, hvor hver dråbe af alkoholen, der ikke er redegjort for, går, men Boniface siger en af ​​hovedårsagerne til, at vi ikke er klar over, hvor meget vi drikker de førnævnte forskellige størrelser og styrker af drikkevarer, ud over et andet problem, nemlig at mange mennesker ikke lægger så stor vægt på, hvor meget de drikker.

Det blev virkelig bragt hjem til mig med et af de interviews, jeg lavede med en kvinde, der sagde, at det var som at spørge hende, hvor mange gange hun tog til toalettet hver dag, ” siger Boniface. For mange mennesker er det bare almindeligt, ikke noget du holder styr på. ”

Især ved særlige lejligheder viser det sig. Stockwell siger, at folk er notorisk dårlige til at huske, hvad de drak ved fødselsdage, familiesammenkomster og feriefester og undlader at inkludere det i deres antal, når de tæller deres forbrug op. Det kan godt lide drikkevarer på ferie eller til fester eller, for mig, i Spanien, tæller ikke med. Bortset fra som Stockwell påpeger, tæller de alle, uanset hvor du drikker dem.

Indlæser.

Så hvis du er bekymret for den vejafgift, den kommende sociale sæson kan tage på dit helbred, er midlet faktisk ret simpelt: Tjek retningslinjerne, lær at få øje på drinks i super størrelse, og vigtigst af alt, begynd at være opmærksom.

Især ved feriesamlinger og da det er de drikkevarer, vi sandsynligvis vil miste overblikket over.


Ved du, hvad der udgør en standarddrink i Canadas retningslinjer for alkohol?

Da vi går ind i feriecocktailpartysæsonen, ved de fleste sociale drikkere, at de sandsynligvis vil drikke mere end normalt.

Færre er dog sandsynligvis klar over, at Canada's retningslinjer for lavrisikoalkohol anbefaler, at folk begrænser sig til kun fire drinks (tre til kvinder) ved en enkelt lejlighed. Eller det faktum, at tre drinks på en enkelt nat repræsenterer en femtedel af den foreslåede ugentlige øvre alkoholgrænse 󈟟 drikkevarer hver syvende dag. Kvinder får kun 10 om ugen med den begrundelse, at de generelt er mindre og metaboliserer alkohol forskelligt.

Det betyder, at kvinder, der kan lide vin til middag, overskrider anbefalingerne med den tilsyneladende godartede handling at dele en flaske med deres partner hver nat. Hvis vi imidlertid boede i Spanien (hvor retningslinjer klassificerer to drikkevarer om dagen som lavrisiko, selv for kvinder), ville det andet glas vin være helt sundt.

Jeg forklarede mine planer om at flytte til Spanien til Dr. Tim Stockwell, direktør for Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research in Victoria, hvilket til min lettelse fik ham til at grine, selvom han forklarede, at mine risici ikke vil ændre sig ligegyldigt hvor jeg drikker min vin. Han bemærkede dog, at jeg havde en ting ved mig, idet jeg i det mindste faktisk ved, hvad retningslinjerne er. De fleste canadiere gør det ikke.

Vi har gennemført et par undersøgelser gennem årene forskellige steder på forskellige tidspunkter, og jeg tror, ​​at det er cirka 25 til 30 procent af voksne, der er klar over retningslinjerne, ” siger Stockwell. Det eneste sted, der er anderledes, er Qu ébec, fordi Soci ét é des Alcools du Qu ébec har investeret i alle slags ganske kloge mediekampagner. Og undersøgelserne indikerer, at størstedelen af ​​voksne der faktisk kender retningslinjerne for drikke, hvilket er ganske bemærkelsesværdigt. ”

Det er svært at holde sig til retningslinjer, som du slet ikke ved, eksisterer, så Stockwell foreslår, at alle bør slå dem op, især da der er masser af andre nyttige oplysninger derinde, som at holde drikkevarer ude med vand og spise mens de drikker. Eller lære hvad der præcist udgør en “standard ” drink —a forvirrende måleenhed, der ofte ikke svarer til, hvordan vi drikker i den virkelige verden.

En standarddrink i Canada har 17,2 ml “ ren alkohol, ”, hvilket repræsenterer en øl på 12 ounce (fem procent alkohol efter volumen eller “ABV ”), et halvanden ounce skud spiritus (40 procent ABV) eller en fem-ounce hældning af 12 procent ABV-vin. Problemerne kryber ind, når du indser, at mange (hvis ikke de fleste) håndværkscocktailopskrifter kræver to ounce spiritus (eller mere), restauranter tilbyder vinstore portioner i stor størrelse, og når vi hælder derhjemme, ser vi alt i stedet for at bruge en shot glas. Ølkategorien er især skilt fra samtidskulturen, da vi nu mindst lige så sandsynligt vil hejse et 16 ounce glas stærkt øl (som godt kan veje 12 procent), da vi skal drikke en flaske med fem procent øl.

Jeg tvivler på, at folk, der drikker en 16-ounce øl, tænker ‘ Åh, jeg drikker en og en tredjedel standarddrikke lige nu, så jeg kunne bedre se det for mine retningslinjeniveauer, ’ ” siger Dr. Sadie Boniface, forskningskoordinator ved London (England ’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. Jeg tror bare ikke, at det er realistisk, hvordan mennesker lever deres liv. Og når det kommer til vin, er de nu ofte omkring 13 procent eller mere, og på samme tid har vi set glasstørrelser blive større. Så det gør det endnu vigtigere, at der gives præcise oplysninger sammen med bestræbelser på at øge bevidstheden. ”

Tilbage i Canada siger Stockwell, at det ville hjælpe folk med at forstå, hvor meget de rent faktisk drikker, hvis vi havde etiketter på emballagen, der kvantificerede mængden af ​​absolut alkohol —og hvordan det passede ind i retningslinjerne for lav risiko. Den anden hindring er imidlertid, om folk overhovedet husker, hvor meget de havde at drikke i sidste uge. Undersøgelse efter undersøgelse i lande over hele verden har konsekvent fundet ud af, at folk underrapporterer deres forbrug, et fænomen, som Boniface fokuserede sin forskning på til sin ph.d. ved University College London.

Det, min forskning om underrapportering var baseret på, er forskellen mellem, hvor meget alkohol der sælges, og hvor meget alkohol, folk siger, at de drikker. Typisk rapporteres mellem 40 og 60 procent af alkoholen, der sælges i landet beruset, ” siger Boniface og bemærker, at det i England er tættere på 60 procent.

Selvfølgelig bliver resten — stort set halvdelen af ​​den solgte alkohol hældt ned i afløbet eller spildt på disken. We don’t know where every drop of the unaccounted alcohol goes, but Boniface says one of the main reasons we’re unaware of how much we’re drinking is the aforementioned different sizes and strengths of drinks, in addition to a second problem, namely, that a lot of people don’t pay that much attention to how much they drink.

“It was really brought home to me with one of the interviews I did with a woman who said it was like asking her how many times she went to the loo each day,” says Boniface. “To a lot of people, it’s just ordinary, not something you keep track of.”

Especially at special occasions, it turns out. Stockwell says people are notoriously bad at recalling what they drank at birthdays, family gatherings and holiday parties and fail to include that in their numbers when they tally up their consumption. It’s like drinks on vacation or at parties or, for me, in Spain, don’t count. Except as Stockwell points out, they all count, no matter where you drink them.

Indlæser.

So, if you’re worried about the toll the coming social season might take on your health, the remedy is actually pretty simple: Check out the guidelines, learn to spot super-sized drinks, and, most importantly, start to pay attention.

Particularly at holiday gatherings—since those are the drinks we’re most likely to lose track of.


Do you know what constitutes a standard drink by Canada’s alcohol guidelines?

As we head into the holiday cocktail party season, most social drinkers know they’re likely to drink more than usual.

Fewer, however, are likely aware that Canada’s low-risk alcohol guidelines recommend people limit themselves to just four drinks (three for women) on any single occasion. Or the fact that three drinks in a single night represents one-fifth of the suggested weekly alcohol upper limit󈟟 drinks every seven days. Women only get 10 per week, on the grounds that they’re generally smaller and metabolize alcohol differently.

That means women who like wine with dinner are exceeding recommendations with the seemingly benign act of splitting a bottle with their partner every night. If we lived in Spain, however, (where guidelines classify two drinks per day as low-risk, even for women), that second glass of wine would be perfectly healthy.

I explained my plans to move to Spain to Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research in Victoria, which, to my relief, made him laugh, even as he explained that my risks aren’t going to change no matter where I drink my wine. He remarked, though, that I had one thing going for me, in that at least I actually know what the guidelines are. Most Canadians don’t.

“We’ve done a few surveys over the years in different places at different times and I think it’s roughly 25 to 30 per cent of adults who are aware of the guidelines,” says Stockwell. “The only place that’s different is Québec, because the Société des Alcools du Québec has invested in all kinds of quite clever media campaigns. And the surveys indicate the majority of adults there actually know the drinking guidelines, which is quite remarkable.”

It’s hard to stick to guidelines that you don’t know even exist, so Stockwell suggests everyone should look them up, especially since there’s plenty of other useful information in there like spacing drinks out with water and eating while drinking. Or learning what, exactly, constitutes a “standard” drink—a confusing unit of measurement that often doesn’t correspond to how we drink in the real world.

A standard drink in Canada has 17.2 mL of “pure alcohol,” which represents one 12-ounce beer (five per cent Alcohol By Volume or “ABV”), a one-and-a-half ounce shot of liquor (40 per cent ABV) or a five-ounce pour of 12 per cent ABV wine. The problems creep in when you realize that many (if not most) craft cocktail recipes call for two ounces of liquor (or more), restaurants offer super-sized wine servings and, when we pour at home, we eyeball everything instead of using a shot glass. The beer category is especially divorced from contemporary culture, since we’re now at least as likely to hoist a 16-ounce glass of strong ale (which may well weigh in at 12 per cent) as we are to drink a bottle of five percent beer.

“I doubt the people drinking a 16-ounce beer are thinking ‘Oh, I’m having one and a third standard drinks right now, so I’d better watch it for my guideline levels,’” says Dr. Sadie Boniface, research coordinator at London (England’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. “I just don’t think that’s realistically how people live their lives. And when it comes to wine, now they’re often around 13 per cent or more and, at the same time, we’ve seen glass sizes getting bigger. So that makes it even more important for accurate information to be provided, along with efforts to improve awareness.”

Back in Canada, Stockwell says it would help people understand how much they’re actually drinking if we had labels on the packaging that quantified the amount of absolute alcohol—and how that fit in with the low-risk guidelines. The other obstacle, however, is whether or not people even remember how much they had to drink last week. Survey after survey in countries all around the world have consistently found that people under-report their consumption, a phenomenon that Boniface focused her research on for her PhD at University College London.

“What my research about under-reporting was based around is the gap between how much alcohol is sold and how much alcohol people say they drink. Typically, between 40 and 60 per cent of the alcohol sold in the country is reported drunk,” says Boniface, noting that, in England, it’s closer to 60 per cent.

Of course, the rest—roughly half the alcohol sold—doesn’t get poured down the drain or spilled on the counter. We don’t know where every drop of the unaccounted alcohol goes, but Boniface says one of the main reasons we’re unaware of how much we’re drinking is the aforementioned different sizes and strengths of drinks, in addition to a second problem, namely, that a lot of people don’t pay that much attention to how much they drink.

“It was really brought home to me with one of the interviews I did with a woman who said it was like asking her how many times she went to the loo each day,” says Boniface. “To a lot of people, it’s just ordinary, not something you keep track of.”

Especially at special occasions, it turns out. Stockwell says people are notoriously bad at recalling what they drank at birthdays, family gatherings and holiday parties and fail to include that in their numbers when they tally up their consumption. It’s like drinks on vacation or at parties or, for me, in Spain, don’t count. Except as Stockwell points out, they all count, no matter where you drink them.

Indlæser.

So, if you’re worried about the toll the coming social season might take on your health, the remedy is actually pretty simple: Check out the guidelines, learn to spot super-sized drinks, and, most importantly, start to pay attention.

Particularly at holiday gatherings—since those are the drinks we’re most likely to lose track of.


Do you know what constitutes a standard drink by Canada’s alcohol guidelines?

As we head into the holiday cocktail party season, most social drinkers know they’re likely to drink more than usual.

Fewer, however, are likely aware that Canada’s low-risk alcohol guidelines recommend people limit themselves to just four drinks (three for women) on any single occasion. Or the fact that three drinks in a single night represents one-fifth of the suggested weekly alcohol upper limit󈟟 drinks every seven days. Women only get 10 per week, on the grounds that they’re generally smaller and metabolize alcohol differently.

That means women who like wine with dinner are exceeding recommendations with the seemingly benign act of splitting a bottle with their partner every night. If we lived in Spain, however, (where guidelines classify two drinks per day as low-risk, even for women), that second glass of wine would be perfectly healthy.

I explained my plans to move to Spain to Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research in Victoria, which, to my relief, made him laugh, even as he explained that my risks aren’t going to change no matter where I drink my wine. He remarked, though, that I had one thing going for me, in that at least I actually know what the guidelines are. Most Canadians don’t.

“We’ve done a few surveys over the years in different places at different times and I think it’s roughly 25 to 30 per cent of adults who are aware of the guidelines,” says Stockwell. “The only place that’s different is Québec, because the Société des Alcools du Québec has invested in all kinds of quite clever media campaigns. And the surveys indicate the majority of adults there actually know the drinking guidelines, which is quite remarkable.”

It’s hard to stick to guidelines that you don’t know even exist, so Stockwell suggests everyone should look them up, especially since there’s plenty of other useful information in there like spacing drinks out with water and eating while drinking. Or learning what, exactly, constitutes a “standard” drink—a confusing unit of measurement that often doesn’t correspond to how we drink in the real world.

A standard drink in Canada has 17.2 mL of “pure alcohol,” which represents one 12-ounce beer (five per cent Alcohol By Volume or “ABV”), a one-and-a-half ounce shot of liquor (40 per cent ABV) or a five-ounce pour of 12 per cent ABV wine. The problems creep in when you realize that many (if not most) craft cocktail recipes call for two ounces of liquor (or more), restaurants offer super-sized wine servings and, when we pour at home, we eyeball everything instead of using a shot glass. The beer category is especially divorced from contemporary culture, since we’re now at least as likely to hoist a 16-ounce glass of strong ale (which may well weigh in at 12 per cent) as we are to drink a bottle of five percent beer.

“I doubt the people drinking a 16-ounce beer are thinking ‘Oh, I’m having one and a third standard drinks right now, so I’d better watch it for my guideline levels,’” says Dr. Sadie Boniface, research coordinator at London (England’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. “I just don’t think that’s realistically how people live their lives. And when it comes to wine, now they’re often around 13 per cent or more and, at the same time, we’ve seen glass sizes getting bigger. So that makes it even more important for accurate information to be provided, along with efforts to improve awareness.”

Back in Canada, Stockwell says it would help people understand how much they’re actually drinking if we had labels on the packaging that quantified the amount of absolute alcohol—and how that fit in with the low-risk guidelines. The other obstacle, however, is whether or not people even remember how much they had to drink last week. Survey after survey in countries all around the world have consistently found that people under-report their consumption, a phenomenon that Boniface focused her research on for her PhD at University College London.

“What my research about under-reporting was based around is the gap between how much alcohol is sold and how much alcohol people say they drink. Typically, between 40 and 60 per cent of the alcohol sold in the country is reported drunk,” says Boniface, noting that, in England, it’s closer to 60 per cent.

Of course, the rest—roughly half the alcohol sold—doesn’t get poured down the drain or spilled on the counter. We don’t know where every drop of the unaccounted alcohol goes, but Boniface says one of the main reasons we’re unaware of how much we’re drinking is the aforementioned different sizes and strengths of drinks, in addition to a second problem, namely, that a lot of people don’t pay that much attention to how much they drink.

“It was really brought home to me with one of the interviews I did with a woman who said it was like asking her how many times she went to the loo each day,” says Boniface. “To a lot of people, it’s just ordinary, not something you keep track of.”

Especially at special occasions, it turns out. Stockwell says people are notoriously bad at recalling what they drank at birthdays, family gatherings and holiday parties and fail to include that in their numbers when they tally up their consumption. It’s like drinks on vacation or at parties or, for me, in Spain, don’t count. Except as Stockwell points out, they all count, no matter where you drink them.

Indlæser.

So, if you’re worried about the toll the coming social season might take on your health, the remedy is actually pretty simple: Check out the guidelines, learn to spot super-sized drinks, and, most importantly, start to pay attention.

Particularly at holiday gatherings—since those are the drinks we’re most likely to lose track of.


Do you know what constitutes a standard drink by Canada’s alcohol guidelines?

As we head into the holiday cocktail party season, most social drinkers know they’re likely to drink more than usual.

Fewer, however, are likely aware that Canada’s low-risk alcohol guidelines recommend people limit themselves to just four drinks (three for women) on any single occasion. Or the fact that three drinks in a single night represents one-fifth of the suggested weekly alcohol upper limit󈟟 drinks every seven days. Women only get 10 per week, on the grounds that they’re generally smaller and metabolize alcohol differently.

That means women who like wine with dinner are exceeding recommendations with the seemingly benign act of splitting a bottle with their partner every night. If we lived in Spain, however, (where guidelines classify two drinks per day as low-risk, even for women), that second glass of wine would be perfectly healthy.

I explained my plans to move to Spain to Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research in Victoria, which, to my relief, made him laugh, even as he explained that my risks aren’t going to change no matter where I drink my wine. He remarked, though, that I had one thing going for me, in that at least I actually know what the guidelines are. Most Canadians don’t.

“We’ve done a few surveys over the years in different places at different times and I think it’s roughly 25 to 30 per cent of adults who are aware of the guidelines,” says Stockwell. “The only place that’s different is Québec, because the Société des Alcools du Québec has invested in all kinds of quite clever media campaigns. And the surveys indicate the majority of adults there actually know the drinking guidelines, which is quite remarkable.”

It’s hard to stick to guidelines that you don’t know even exist, so Stockwell suggests everyone should look them up, especially since there’s plenty of other useful information in there like spacing drinks out with water and eating while drinking. Or learning what, exactly, constitutes a “standard” drink—a confusing unit of measurement that often doesn’t correspond to how we drink in the real world.

A standard drink in Canada has 17.2 mL of “pure alcohol,” which represents one 12-ounce beer (five per cent Alcohol By Volume or “ABV”), a one-and-a-half ounce shot of liquor (40 per cent ABV) or a five-ounce pour of 12 per cent ABV wine. The problems creep in when you realize that many (if not most) craft cocktail recipes call for two ounces of liquor (or more), restaurants offer super-sized wine servings and, when we pour at home, we eyeball everything instead of using a shot glass. The beer category is especially divorced from contemporary culture, since we’re now at least as likely to hoist a 16-ounce glass of strong ale (which may well weigh in at 12 per cent) as we are to drink a bottle of five percent beer.

“I doubt the people drinking a 16-ounce beer are thinking ‘Oh, I’m having one and a third standard drinks right now, so I’d better watch it for my guideline levels,’” says Dr. Sadie Boniface, research coordinator at London (England’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. “I just don’t think that’s realistically how people live their lives. And when it comes to wine, now they’re often around 13 per cent or more and, at the same time, we’ve seen glass sizes getting bigger. So that makes it even more important for accurate information to be provided, along with efforts to improve awareness.”

Back in Canada, Stockwell says it would help people understand how much they’re actually drinking if we had labels on the packaging that quantified the amount of absolute alcohol—and how that fit in with the low-risk guidelines. The other obstacle, however, is whether or not people even remember how much they had to drink last week. Survey after survey in countries all around the world have consistently found that people under-report their consumption, a phenomenon that Boniface focused her research on for her PhD at University College London.

“What my research about under-reporting was based around is the gap between how much alcohol is sold and how much alcohol people say they drink. Typically, between 40 and 60 per cent of the alcohol sold in the country is reported drunk,” says Boniface, noting that, in England, it’s closer to 60 per cent.

Of course, the rest—roughly half the alcohol sold—doesn’t get poured down the drain or spilled on the counter. We don’t know where every drop of the unaccounted alcohol goes, but Boniface says one of the main reasons we’re unaware of how much we’re drinking is the aforementioned different sizes and strengths of drinks, in addition to a second problem, namely, that a lot of people don’t pay that much attention to how much they drink.

“It was really brought home to me with one of the interviews I did with a woman who said it was like asking her how many times she went to the loo each day,” says Boniface. “To a lot of people, it’s just ordinary, not something you keep track of.”

Especially at special occasions, it turns out. Stockwell says people are notoriously bad at recalling what they drank at birthdays, family gatherings and holiday parties and fail to include that in their numbers when they tally up their consumption. It’s like drinks on vacation or at parties or, for me, in Spain, don’t count. Except as Stockwell points out, they all count, no matter where you drink them.

Indlæser.

So, if you’re worried about the toll the coming social season might take on your health, the remedy is actually pretty simple: Check out the guidelines, learn to spot super-sized drinks, and, most importantly, start to pay attention.

Particularly at holiday gatherings—since those are the drinks we’re most likely to lose track of.


Do you know what constitutes a standard drink by Canada’s alcohol guidelines?

As we head into the holiday cocktail party season, most social drinkers know they’re likely to drink more than usual.

Fewer, however, are likely aware that Canada’s low-risk alcohol guidelines recommend people limit themselves to just four drinks (three for women) on any single occasion. Or the fact that three drinks in a single night represents one-fifth of the suggested weekly alcohol upper limit󈟟 drinks every seven days. Women only get 10 per week, on the grounds that they’re generally smaller and metabolize alcohol differently.

That means women who like wine with dinner are exceeding recommendations with the seemingly benign act of splitting a bottle with their partner every night. If we lived in Spain, however, (where guidelines classify two drinks per day as low-risk, even for women), that second glass of wine would be perfectly healthy.

I explained my plans to move to Spain to Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research in Victoria, which, to my relief, made him laugh, even as he explained that my risks aren’t going to change no matter where I drink my wine. He remarked, though, that I had one thing going for me, in that at least I actually know what the guidelines are. Most Canadians don’t.

“We’ve done a few surveys over the years in different places at different times and I think it’s roughly 25 to 30 per cent of adults who are aware of the guidelines,” says Stockwell. “The only place that’s different is Québec, because the Société des Alcools du Québec has invested in all kinds of quite clever media campaigns. And the surveys indicate the majority of adults there actually know the drinking guidelines, which is quite remarkable.”

It’s hard to stick to guidelines that you don’t know even exist, so Stockwell suggests everyone should look them up, especially since there’s plenty of other useful information in there like spacing drinks out with water and eating while drinking. Or learning what, exactly, constitutes a “standard” drink—a confusing unit of measurement that often doesn’t correspond to how we drink in the real world.

A standard drink in Canada has 17.2 mL of “pure alcohol,” which represents one 12-ounce beer (five per cent Alcohol By Volume or “ABV”), a one-and-a-half ounce shot of liquor (40 per cent ABV) or a five-ounce pour of 12 per cent ABV wine. The problems creep in when you realize that many (if not most) craft cocktail recipes call for two ounces of liquor (or more), restaurants offer super-sized wine servings and, when we pour at home, we eyeball everything instead of using a shot glass. The beer category is especially divorced from contemporary culture, since we’re now at least as likely to hoist a 16-ounce glass of strong ale (which may well weigh in at 12 per cent) as we are to drink a bottle of five percent beer.

“I doubt the people drinking a 16-ounce beer are thinking ‘Oh, I’m having one and a third standard drinks right now, so I’d better watch it for my guideline levels,’” says Dr. Sadie Boniface, research coordinator at London (England’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. “I just don’t think that’s realistically how people live their lives. And when it comes to wine, now they’re often around 13 per cent or more and, at the same time, we’ve seen glass sizes getting bigger. So that makes it even more important for accurate information to be provided, along with efforts to improve awareness.”

Back in Canada, Stockwell says it would help people understand how much they’re actually drinking if we had labels on the packaging that quantified the amount of absolute alcohol—and how that fit in with the low-risk guidelines. The other obstacle, however, is whether or not people even remember how much they had to drink last week. Survey after survey in countries all around the world have consistently found that people under-report their consumption, a phenomenon that Boniface focused her research on for her PhD at University College London.

“What my research about under-reporting was based around is the gap between how much alcohol is sold and how much alcohol people say they drink. Typically, between 40 and 60 per cent of the alcohol sold in the country is reported drunk,” says Boniface, noting that, in England, it’s closer to 60 per cent.

Of course, the rest—roughly half the alcohol sold—doesn’t get poured down the drain or spilled on the counter. We don’t know where every drop of the unaccounted alcohol goes, but Boniface says one of the main reasons we’re unaware of how much we’re drinking is the aforementioned different sizes and strengths of drinks, in addition to a second problem, namely, that a lot of people don’t pay that much attention to how much they drink.

“It was really brought home to me with one of the interviews I did with a woman who said it was like asking her how many times she went to the loo each day,” says Boniface. “To a lot of people, it’s just ordinary, not something you keep track of.”

Especially at special occasions, it turns out. Stockwell says people are notoriously bad at recalling what they drank at birthdays, family gatherings and holiday parties and fail to include that in their numbers when they tally up their consumption. It’s like drinks on vacation or at parties or, for me, in Spain, don’t count. Except as Stockwell points out, they all count, no matter where you drink them.

Indlæser.

So, if you’re worried about the toll the coming social season might take on your health, the remedy is actually pretty simple: Check out the guidelines, learn to spot super-sized drinks, and, most importantly, start to pay attention.

Particularly at holiday gatherings—since those are the drinks we’re most likely to lose track of.


Do you know what constitutes a standard drink by Canada’s alcohol guidelines?

As we head into the holiday cocktail party season, most social drinkers know they’re likely to drink more than usual.

Fewer, however, are likely aware that Canada’s low-risk alcohol guidelines recommend people limit themselves to just four drinks (three for women) on any single occasion. Or the fact that three drinks in a single night represents one-fifth of the suggested weekly alcohol upper limit󈟟 drinks every seven days. Women only get 10 per week, on the grounds that they’re generally smaller and metabolize alcohol differently.

That means women who like wine with dinner are exceeding recommendations with the seemingly benign act of splitting a bottle with their partner every night. If we lived in Spain, however, (where guidelines classify two drinks per day as low-risk, even for women), that second glass of wine would be perfectly healthy.

I explained my plans to move to Spain to Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research in Victoria, which, to my relief, made him laugh, even as he explained that my risks aren’t going to change no matter where I drink my wine. He remarked, though, that I had one thing going for me, in that at least I actually know what the guidelines are. Most Canadians don’t.

“We’ve done a few surveys over the years in different places at different times and I think it’s roughly 25 to 30 per cent of adults who are aware of the guidelines,” says Stockwell. “The only place that’s different is Québec, because the Société des Alcools du Québec has invested in all kinds of quite clever media campaigns. And the surveys indicate the majority of adults there actually know the drinking guidelines, which is quite remarkable.”

It’s hard to stick to guidelines that you don’t know even exist, so Stockwell suggests everyone should look them up, especially since there’s plenty of other useful information in there like spacing drinks out with water and eating while drinking. Or learning what, exactly, constitutes a “standard” drink—a confusing unit of measurement that often doesn’t correspond to how we drink in the real world.

A standard drink in Canada has 17.2 mL of “pure alcohol,” which represents one 12-ounce beer (five per cent Alcohol By Volume or “ABV”), a one-and-a-half ounce shot of liquor (40 per cent ABV) or a five-ounce pour of 12 per cent ABV wine. The problems creep in when you realize that many (if not most) craft cocktail recipes call for two ounces of liquor (or more), restaurants offer super-sized wine servings and, when we pour at home, we eyeball everything instead of using a shot glass. The beer category is especially divorced from contemporary culture, since we’re now at least as likely to hoist a 16-ounce glass of strong ale (which may well weigh in at 12 per cent) as we are to drink a bottle of five percent beer.

“I doubt the people drinking a 16-ounce beer are thinking ‘Oh, I’m having one and a third standard drinks right now, so I’d better watch it for my guideline levels,’” says Dr. Sadie Boniface, research coordinator at London (England’s) Institute of Alcohol Studies. “I just don’t think that’s realistically how people live their lives. And when it comes to wine, now they’re often around 13 per cent or more and, at the same time, we’ve seen glass sizes getting bigger. So that makes it even more important for accurate information to be provided, along with efforts to improve awareness.”

Back in Canada, Stockwell says it would help people understand how much they’re actually drinking if we had labels on the packaging that quantified the amount of absolute alcohol—and how that fit in with the low-risk guidelines. The other obstacle, however, is whether or not people even remember how much they had to drink last week. Survey after survey in countries all around the world have consistently found that people under-report their consumption, a phenomenon that Boniface focused her research on for her PhD at University College London.

“What my research about under-reporting was based around is the gap between how much alcohol is sold and how much alcohol people say they drink. Typically, between 40 and 60 per cent of the alcohol sold in the country is reported drunk,” says Boniface, noting that, in England, it’s closer to 60 per cent.

Of course, the rest—roughly half the alcohol sold—doesn’t get poured down the drain or spilled on the counter. We don’t know where every drop of the unaccounted alcohol goes, but Boniface says one of the main reasons we’re unaware of how much we’re drinking is the aforementioned different sizes and strengths of drinks, in addition to a second problem, namely, that a lot of people don’t pay that much attention to how much they drink.

“It was really brought home to me with one of the interviews I did with a woman who said it was like asking her how many times she went to the loo each day,” says Boniface. “To a lot of people, it’s just ordinary, not something you keep track of.”

Especially at special occasions, it turns out. Stockwell says people are notoriously bad at recalling what they drank at birthdays, family gatherings and holiday parties and fail to include that in their numbers when they tally up their consumption. It’s like drinks on vacation or at parties or, for me, in Spain, don’t count. Except as Stockwell points out, they all count, no matter where you drink them.

Indlæser.

So, if you’re worried about the toll the coming social season might take on your health, the remedy is actually pretty simple: Check out the guidelines, learn to spot super-sized drinks, and, most importantly, start to pay attention.

Particularly at holiday gatherings—since those are the drinks we’re most likely to lose track of.


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