Quiz: The Alcohol-Cancer Connection

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS


November 23, 2015

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.[4] Heavy drinking, in most studies of alcohol and cancer, is defined as two or more drinks daily for women or three or more drinks daily for men. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men over the course of about 2 hours. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines binge drinking as drinking five or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.[4]


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