Dr. Pohl discusses the amount of alcohol that constitutes a problem.
There are criteria that the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse have established for what’s too much drinking. I’ll preface that by saying that if a woman is drinking and she has problems related to the drinking, one drink’s too much, but the standard in the field is if a woman drinks four drinks in a 24-hour period or more than six drinks in a week, that could be looked at as a potential problem with alcohol.
The drink would be an ounce and a half of spirits, six ounces of wine, eight ounces of beer. That’s not a gold standard. So I really would give it back to you, the individual, and say if you are drinking and you have concerns about your drinking, chances are you have a drinking issue. Whether it’s alcoholism or not is irrelevant. The question is what are you going to do about it?
About Dr. Mel Pohl, M.D.:
Dr. Mel Pohl, M.D., is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director at the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), the only private, freestanding, medically managed inpatient detoxification and addiction treatment facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.