Personally, no, I do not consider that I am an "alky" nor do I come close to the proposed limits found in both Canada or the UK. I generally have maybe three units in a week. During a tasting I intake 6 - 8 units of single malt in a single sitting, which occurs twice a year.
A CTV article submits that alcohol consumption in Canada has increased by 13% since 1997, with nearly 5000 dying each year prematurely from the effects of alcohol, being 5 times that of illicit drug deaths. It is further proposed in the article that no more than two standard drinks a day (a bottle of beer or a medium glass of wine being one standard drink). The limits per week being 9 for women and 14 for men. This is opposed to 14 units for women and 21 units per man described by Laddie.
Canadian stats derived from CTV website:
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/s ... /20051216/
Drrich1965 wrote:... With alcoholism, one would also have to have tolerance (needing more and more over time to achieve the same effect), and have withdrawal symptoms...
This is substantiated by the impact of alcohol I've personally seen in persons incarcerated for public enebriation in my past employment in Correctional Services during the 1980's. It is amazing how much alcohol can be ingested as the tolerance levels rise over the years and the sad effects, including Korsakoff's syndrome (alcohol-related dementia) in severe alcohol abusers. The impact of FAS (Fetal alcohol syndrome) on unborn foetuses is another result of high alcohol intake which has a big impact on both the future of the child and health care and is completely preventable by the mother. Withdrawal symptoms are not a pretty sight either.
With this in mind, one can't take the impact of alcohol abuse on society (including the cost in both human terms and to the medical support system) in our respective countries, too lightly.
My personal perspective being that moderation will extend the enjoyment of Single malts well into my mature years. (Damn! I may already be there!)