Skip to Content Skip to Menu
Logo: Rethinking Drinking - Alcohol and your health
How Much Is Too Much?

How much is too much?

How much alcohol is too much? It could mean drinking too much at one time, drinking too often, or both. It’s important to be aware of how much you are drinking, whether your drinking pattern is risky, the harm that some drinking patterns can cause, and ways to reduce your risks.

 
What counts as a drink?

What counts as a drink?

What’s a “standard” drink?
Find out how your drink measures up.

How many drinks are in common containers?
Labels may not tell you, but this chart will.

 
 
What counts as a drink?

Is your drinking pattern risky?

What’s your pattern?
See how your drinking pattern compares with other U.S. adult patterns.

What’s low-risk drinking?
“Low risk” is not “no risk,” but staying within these limits helps people avoid problems.

What’s “at-risk” or “heavy” drinking?
Exceeding these single-day or weekly limits puts you at risk.

 
 
What counts as a drink?

What’s the harm?

What are the risks?
Light to moderate drinking can have benefits, but heavy drinking brings risk.

What are the symptoms of an alcohol use disorder?
Many people don’t recognize the earlier, milder signs of an alcohol problem.

How can you reduce your risks?
Take steps to stay safe.

 
NIAAA logo HHS logo USA dot gov logo