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Do you drink more or less than average?

The American public gets conflicting reports on health issues on a regular basis. Remember when pork, eggs and wine were deadly? (Or so they seemed from breathless news reports.) Now they're apparently OK in moderation.

There have also been contradictory news reports over the years about alcohol. "A glass of alcohol a day is good for your heart." "No, it means you're on your way to becoming an alcohol." "A glass of red wine per day is good for you -- except for the studies indicating otherwise." We can't tell you whether red wine is good, bad or indifferent, but we can share results with you about how much the average American drinks per week.

In that way, you'll get a better understanding of where you are on the spectrum. Most Denver residents will find that they're near the average, but for some facing legal problems because they had one too many (or maybe two too many) before getting behind the wheel of their car, it can be important to know how your drinking habits measure up.

First, do an accurate assessment of how many drinks you consume in a week, including drinks at home and when you're out and about.

Next, do a comparison. For instance, a slim majority (51 percent) of men report having just one drink in a typical week, while 17 percent say they have 4 per week, and 14 percent have 10 per week. Ten percent of men report 24 to 26 drinks per week.

Forty percent of women report that they abstain, with 71 percent saying that they typically have just one drink per week. About 2 percent of women say they average a drink per day. Six percent of women say they average between 5 and 10 drinks per week.

For people facing DUI charges, and who are averaging far above normal alcohol consumption, an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can advise you on whether alcohol treatment might be a way of not only addressing health concerns, but also helping minimize the impact of the charges against you.

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