Does Your City Have a Drinking Problem?
You probably know that drinking a little bit -- no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men -- can be good for your health. But if that glass of wine with dinner turns into a bottle, or that beer turns into a six-pack, you’re putting your health at risk. Overdoing it on the alcohol (guzzling more than two to four drinks daily) can make your RealAge up to 3.5 years older if you’re a man and 7.3 years older if you’re a woman.
“The big organ we see that’s damaged by excessive alcohol is of course the liver,” says Keith Roach, MD
, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge® Test
. But it’s not just excessive drinking that’s the problem. Binge drinking (four or more drinks at a time for women, five or more for men) is even worse. “Excessive alcohol consumption doesn’t increase heart disease risk, but binge drinking does,” says Dr. Roach.
Since what qualifies as drinking in moderation is different for men and women, the worst cities for alcohol abuse are different for each. Did your city make our biggest drinking cities in America list? Click through to find out.