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If you need alcohol treatment while practicing physical distancing, there are several professionally led treatment and mutual-support group options available to you.

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Comprehensive resources

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator®. This is a one-stop resource for learning about treatment, how to recognize high-quality treatment providers, and how to search several national directories of treatment programs and specialists.

Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help. Download or order a free print copy of this booklet.

Professional help

Your regular doctor or mental health provider. Primary care and mental health practitioners can provide treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Specialists in alcohol-related treatment. Contact your doctor, health insurance plan, local health department, or employee assistance program for information about specialty treatment. Other resources include:

Professional associations of medical and nonmedical specialists

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
401-524-3076

American Society of Addiction Medicine
301-656-3920

American Board of Preventive Medicine
312-939-2276

American Psychological Association
State and Provincial Psychological Associations
1-800-374-2721

National Association of Social Workers

Treatment facilities

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator®

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Mutual-support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
212-870-3400

LifeRing
1-800-811-4142

Moderation Management
chicago@moderation.org

Secular AA
323-693-1633

SMART Recovery
440-951-5357

Women for Sobriety
215-536-8026

Groups for family and friends

Al-Anon Family Groups
1-888-425-2666 for meetings

Adult Children of Alcoholics
310-534-1815

SMART Recovery for Families
866-951-5357

Information resources

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
301-443-3860

National Institute on Drug Abuse
301-443-1124

National Institute of Mental Health
1-866-615-6464

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Is your "lite" beer light in alcohol?

Not necessarily. Although they have fewer calories, many light beers have almost as much alcohol as regular beer—about 85% as much, or 4.2% versus 5.0% alcohol by volume, on average.

Check the alcohol content of your beverage. Malt beverages are not required to list their alcohol content on the labels, so you may need to visit the bottler's Web site.

See What's a standard drink?

How many "drinks" are in a bottle of wine?

A typical 25-ounce (750 ml) bottle of table wine holds about 5 "standard" drinks, each containing about 5 ounces. This serving size of wine contains about the same amount of alcohol as a 12-ounce regular beer or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.

Get to know what 5 ounces looks like by measuring it out at home. That way you can estimate how many standard drinks you're being served in a restaurant or bar that uses large glasses and generous serving sizes.

See What's a standard drink?

Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause nausea, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, a loss of coordination, internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing. Alcohol can also make a medication less effective. For more information, see Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines.

Examples of medical conditions for which it's safest to avoid drinking include liver disease (such as from hepatitis C), bipolar disorder, abnormal heart rhythm, and chronic pain.

Among the dangers of underage drinking:

Even moderate amounts of alcohol can significantly impair driving performance and your ability to operate other machinery, whether or not you feel the effects of alcohol.

Heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause brain damage and other serious problems in the baby. Because it is not yet known whether any amount of alcohol is safe for a developing baby, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not drink.

Highest risk

About 50% of people who drink in this group have alcohol use disorder.

Increased risk

This "increased risk" category contains three different drinking pattern groups. Overall, nearly 20% of people who drink in this category have alcohol use disorder.

Low-risk drinking

Only about 2% of drinkers in this group has alcohol use disorder.

A U.S. standard drink contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol (also known as an alcoholic drink-equivalent). That's the amount in 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of table wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

Low risk drinking levels - On any single day: Men, no more than 4 drinks on any day. Women, no more than 3 drinks on any day. Per week: Men, no more than 14 drinks per week. Women no more than 7 drinks per week.

Distilled spirits include vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, and tequila.

Light to moderate drinking

Heavy or at-risk drinking

Low-risk drinking

Men: No more than 4 drinks on any day and no more than 14 per week

Women: No more than 3 drinks on any day and no more than 7 per week

People with a parent, grandparent, or other close relative with alcoholism have a higher risk for becoming dependent on alcohol. For many, it may be difficult to maintain low-risk drinking habits.

Pace yourself: It's best to have no more than one standard drink per hour, with nonalcoholic "drink spacers" between alcohol beverages. On any day, stay within low-risk levels of no more than 4 drinks for men or 3 for women. Note that it takes about 2 hours for the adult body to completely break down a single drink. Do not drive after drinking.

For comparison, regular beer is 5% alcohol by volume (alc/vol), table wine is about 12% alc/vol, and straight 80-proof distilled spirits is 40% alc/vol.

The percent alcohol by volume (alc/vol) for distilled spirits is listed on bottle labels and may be found online as well. It is half the "proof," such that 80-proof spirits is 40% alc/vol.

Convert proof to alc/vol

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Convert to fluid ounces

Enter in the measurement in milliliters in the left field to automatically calculate the amount in fluid ounces.