It’s the most wonderful time of the year for drinking, at least when you look at all the holiday parties that include alcohol. But how is that holiday drinking really affecting you?
Many Americans don’t even realize what high-risk drinking looks like. This is troublesome news for people suffering from alcohol-related mental health disorders such as alcohol use disorder.
Caron Treatment Centers recently came out with a new holiday survey with some unsettling findings about Americans’ holiday drinking habits.
For example, 44 percent of U.S. adults 21 years of age or older think that “consuming three or more drinks during family holiday parties was fine as long as the imbiber could ‘hold their liquor’ and refrained from driving,” according to a press release.
Only 32 percent thought the same drinking behavior was acceptable at a workplace holiday party.
However, according to government standards, in order to avoid high-risk drinking, women should be drinking no more than three drinks per day with a limit of seven total a week.
Americans have also noticed the detrimental effects of intoxication at these parties. In fact, 60 percent who showed up to workplace and family holiday parties noticed inappropriate behavior from someone who imbibed alcohol.
At workplace holiday parties, out of those Americans who saw co-workers acting out due to excessive drinking, 43 percent witnessed a co-worker or supervisor drive drunk.
Dr. Harris Stratyner, the regional clinical vice president of Caron Treatment Centers’ New York Recovery Services, said in an email that last year’s results focused more on people missing work due to hangovers from holiday parties. Also, people used the holidays as an excuse to drink more.
“While the holidays are often full of happy family gatherings, they can also create additional stressors and emotional triggers that may prompt someone to drink more than usual,” Stratyner said.
Because many people don’t realize what low-risk drinking looks like, they may lose relationships and careers along the way, or suffer other consequences from excessive drinking.