The Center for Disease Control has released information regarding alcohol consumption that might shock some people. According to the CDC:

Definitions of Patterns of Drinking Alcohol

Excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, binge drinking, and any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21.

Binge drinking, the most common form of excessive alcohol consumption, is defined as consuming

For women, 4 or more drinks during a single occasion.

For men, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion.

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming

For women, 8 or more drinks per week.

For men, 15 or more drinks per week.

Most people who binge drink are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, which is defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men.

However, there are some persons who should not drink any alcohol, including

those who are Pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that may cause harmful reactions when mixed with alcohol.

Younger than age 21.

Recovering from alcoholism or are unable to control the amount they drink.

Suffering from a medical condition that may be worsened by alcohol.

Driving, planning to drive, or participating in other activities requiring skill, coordination, and alertness.

This info is courtesy The Center for Disease Control. For more information click here.