Daily drinking can lead to binge drinking

Regular alcohol consumption can lead to binge drinking among all gender and age groups, a new study suggests.

MONTREAL — Regular alcohol consumption can lead to binge drinking among all gender and age groups, a new study suggests.

“What we found is that when people drink more often, they are more likely to drink more, take more drinks, and go to binge drinking,” said Andree Demers of Universite de Montreal, the study’s main researcher.

She classified binge drinking as five drinks or more per occasion.

“Usually you take one or two drinks,” she said Thursday. “If you want to celebrate, you’re going to take two or three or four or five drinks.”

The study was conducted by researchers from the Universite de Montreal and the University of Western Ontario and published in the latest edition of Addiction.

The study established one drink as either five ounces of wine; 1.5 ounces of liquor; 12 ounces of beer or cooler; or three ounces of port, sherry or vermouth.

About 11,000 respondents — 5,743 women and 4,723 men — were asked to report on their alcohol consumption over a year. The data was gathered by the Genacis Canada project, an international collaboration looking at how social and cultural differences can influence drinking habits.

Demers said women tend to drink less than men.

Demers says the study is relevant given other studies that tout the health virtues of a moderate amount of beverages such as red wine.

“With all this publicity of having one glass, there is no problem with this, and drink moderately, we get the idea that we can drink every day and that’s OK,” Demers said.

“Of course that can be OK, but what we are saying is that there is a risk that people will start to drink more often in a heavy way on some occasions.

“The safe amount is always the same thing — one or two drinks per day, not more, and no intoxication.”

Catherine Paradis, also a professor at the Universite de Montreal, pointed out regular drinking builds up tolerance.

“Therefore, daily drinkers will need more than their usual drink or two to make a difference with everyday life and gain that festive feeling. That fosters drinking beyond healthy limits — at least sporadically and perhaps weekly — to five drinks or more per occasion.

“And five units is above the recommended limits of healthy drinking.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Contributed)
Red Deer Regional Health Foundation receives $40K in donations

Donations from Canadian Pacific and Durham family of Red Deer

NDP MP Heather McPherson pictured in Edmonton on Friday, March 6, 2020. Alberta’s legislature may have been silenced but its partisan warfare has relocated to the House of Commons as MPs hold an emergency debate tonight on the province’s soaring COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Kenney under fire during Commons emergency debate on Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis

Edmonton New Democrat MP says Kenney ignored the evidence of science

A General Motors sign in Oshawa, Ont., is photographed on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. General Motors Canada says it will start truck production at its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., ahead of schedule. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Oshawa assembly plant restart ahead of schedule, GM Canada says

Closure of plant in 2019 was huge blow to Canada’s manufacturing sector

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks by the Australian Embassy in Beijing. China on Thursday, May 6, 2021 suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up a pressure campaign that began over Australian support for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

China’s relations with Australia, India and some other neighbours are increasingly strained

LtE bug
Letter: Restrictions are a crime against humanity

I was distressed to note the seemingly superficial understanding of the holocaust… Continue reading

LtE bug
Letter: Follow restrictions so pandemic can be behind us

From one who feels that COVID could have been overcome long ago… Continue reading

LtE bug
Letter: Westerner needs help now

I have spent the last few days sifting through many pieces of… Continue reading

Jets beat Flames 4-0 to snap seven-game losing streak and clinch playoff spot

Jets beat Flames 4-0 to snap seven-game losing streak and clinch playoff spot

Most Read