Take the Test: How Much Is Too Much?

For immediate release: April 17, 2002

Contact: Linda Dorey
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON—April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the Vermont Department of Health is inviting Vermonters to visit the website: www.AlcoholScreening.org

At this website, people can take a quick, 12-question quiz and receive personalized advice about drinking and health.

“If you drink alcohol, it’s a good idea to step back once in a while and examine your drinking habits,” said Dr. Jan K. Carney, Vermont health commissioner. “Many people may not know that the amount of alcohol they are drinking can put them at risk for injury, illness and future alcohol problems.”

According to the dietary guidelines for Americans, men should drink no more than two alcoholic drinks a day and women should not drink more than one drink in a day. Pregnant women should not drink any alcohol.

One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or one cocktail containing 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

“Parents should also be aware of the age at which their children may start drinking,” said Tom Perras, director of the Health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. “Research has shown that youth who start drinking before age 13 are five times more likely to become alcoholic or progress to using other drugs.”

The www.AlcoholScreening.org quiz is designed for adults, but the website also contains Tips for Teens. Parents with concerns about their adolescent’s alcohol or drug use should talk to their pediatrician or a local treatment provider.