The Cable News Network just posted this piece about how it’s surprising to drinkers what experts constitute as a “heavy drinker.” Essentially, they tell some cute tale about a couple average folks who have a couple glasses of wine every few nights, or a couple cocktails at the local bar, and are shocked to learn they are technically considered “heavy drinkers.”
Here’s the breakdown from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Honestly, this is not shocking. This is exactly what I would have guessed these folks constitute as “heavy drinkers.” Every time one of these reports comes out, it’s always presented in some form that is meant to be a shock to average drinkers.
Hey, disease control people, we are not shocked anymore. We get it. We took DARE classes and we read internet articles. If you drink multiple alcoholic drinks multiple days a week, you’re endangering your health, you’re not doing everything possible to maximize your life expectancy, and you’re a “heavy drinker.” We get it.
Now, I’m not saying it’s not important or necessary that we get reminders of how this fantastic habit can have negative effects on our health. For example, it’s helpful to remind me:
“One in 10 deaths among adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are due to excessive alcohol consumption, the CDC says in a report released Wednesday. That means some 88,000 people die a year as a result of drinking too much. The majority of those are men — about 70%.”
But don’t act like you are shocking me with this news. I have heard it all before, I am hearing it now, and I will hear it again. Maybe it will one time spark me to change, maybe it will not. But it will never again surprise me, so just give it to me straight and stop trying to be cute.
Or, at least let Brooke give it to me. #puns