If you enjoy drinking vodka from time to time, you are not alone. Vodka is one of the most popular alcohols in the world. It is smooth, mixes well into many different cocktails, and is low-calorie as far as alcohol goes. It is no wonder vodka is a drink of choice for so many people.
But, as with all types of alcohol, drinking vodka can quickly become too much of a good thing. If you find yourself drinking vodka every day, you may be wondering, how much is too much? Below, we’ll discuss how to know if you’re drinking too much vodka, and how to recognize possible side effects of drinking vodka every day.
Is Drinking Vodka Every Day Bad For You?
Hundreds of years ago, vodka was primarily used for medicinal purposes—as an antiseptic, fever reducer, and disinfectant. Over time, it became increasingly popular as a recreational drink. It is now one of the most popular ingredients in mixed cocktails, and one of the best-known liquors in the world. But can you drink vodka every day?
As with most things, drinking vodka in moderation is not necessarily harmful. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines moderation as one to two alcoholic drinks or less per day, depending on your gender. For vodka, this means one or two standard shots measured at approximately 1.5 ounces each (at 80 proof). If you drink vodka every day, but within these limits, it may be safe.
So, how much vodka is too much vodka? In truth, people who drink anything beyond the above recommendations increase their risk of health problems. Overindulging on occasion is probably not going to kill you. But the more regularly you drink vodka in excess, the more significant the impact on your health may be.
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Is Drinking A Fifth of Vodka Every Day A Lot?
Imagine a gallon of milk. A fifth of vodka is one-fifth of a gallon. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?
Now imagine a bottle of wine, which is usually 750ml. A fifth of vodka is equal in size to a standard bottle of wine, though it is much more potent.
Drinking a fifth of vodka every day is not just unhealthy, it’s downright dangerous. A fifth contains about 17 shots of vodka, which is a least eight times the recommended daily alcohol consumption limit. By contrast, a 750ml wine bottle contains about five glasses of wine at the standard measurement. Still a lot—but it pales in comparison to the vodka!
A fifth of vodka will leave you feeling absolutely wrecked the next day. Not to mention it’s expensive. A 750ml bottle of a mid-range vodka costs approximately $20 at a liquor store—and considerably more at a bar or restaurant. That is at least $140 per week.
Is Drinking a Pint of Vodka Every Day A Lot?
While drinking a pint of vodka is preferable to a fifth of vodka, it is still a lot of alcohol. In the United States, a pint is equal to about 473ml, or an eighth of a gallon. This is a little over half a bottle of red wine.
This is exactly why the type of alcohol you drink is just as important as the amount you drink. A pint of beer is a very reasonable amount of alcohol, and generally falls within the daily recommended limit. However, a pint of vodka is equal to about 10 vodka shots. This is five times or more the daily limit for moderate drinking. Same quantity, but different alcohols, equals very different health outcomes.
Effects of Drinking Vodka Every Day
Studies show that drinking alcohol in moderation—including vodka—has some possible health benefits, including:
- Improved mood and digestion
- Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
- Increased levels of good cholesterol
- Reduced risk of blood clots
- Improved blood sugar regulation
Drinking vodka vs other types of alcohol carries additional potential benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of weight gain (straight vodka is lower in calories than other alcohols)
- Reduced risk of digestive issues (most vodkas are gluten-free)
But before you give yourself permission to overindulge, take note that drinking excessive amounts of vodka, as with any kind of alcohol, has significant health risks. These include:
- Alcohol dependence
- Intestinal inflammation
- Damage to crucial organs, leading to conditions like liver disease and pancreatitis
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of certain cancers—including oral, esophageal, and colon cancers
- Weakened immune system
- Weight gain
- Disrupted sleep
- Social and professional repercussions
How Can You Cut Back On Drinking Vodka?
You don’t have to stop drinking vodka completely to improve your health. Cutting back to the recommended levels can help reverse the damage done by excessive alcohol consumption, and improve your long-term health.
If you rely on alcohol to wind down after a long day or improve your mood, try looking for other alternatives—such as exercise or connecting with a friend—that can give you a boost. If drinking is already embedded in your routine, understanding your triggers can help get it under control.
For those who are dependent on alcohol, however, willpower alone may not be enough. There’s no shame in looking for some outside help to cut back. Ria Health offers flexible, online support from wherever you may be. Choose moderation or abstinence, set your own goals, and get a plan customized to your unique needs. Best of all, you can access the whole thing right from your smartphone.