Alcohol abuse grows in Ohio

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Among all the talk of opioid overdoses there is one abused substance that tends to go under the radar; alcohol.

Just last week in the Southwestern part of the state, authorities said 21 emergency calls made involved alcohol-related illnesses, in just four days. The incidents were located at Miami University, where The AP reported all 21 cases resulted in hospitalization.

Steve Carrel, CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, said this raises the question of alcohol abuse in the state.

“I’m amazed at how many people don’t understand that if you drink too much too fast, you can get alcohol poisoning,” said Carrel.

Carrel said these instances can ultimately result in an overdose on alcohol, or death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the limits for moderate consumption is up to two drinks a day for men, and up to one drink a day for women.

“I think people need to take a look at how much and how often [they] drink,” said Carrel. “It’s the amount and frequency.”

Carrel said that people should gauge if it’s causing problems in their lives by asking themselves these questions; is it putting your job in danger, is it hurting your family and does it affect your physical health?

The CDC defines one drink as 12 ounces of 5% ABV beer, 8 ounces of 7% ABV malt liquor, 5 ounces of 12% ABV wine and 1.5 ounces of 40% ABV distilled spirits or liquor.