Dr. Wilson: So how many times in the past year have you had 5 or more drinks in a day?

Mr. Jackson: I’m not sure – I really don’t keep track.  I don’t get drunk if that’s what you mean.

Dr. Wilson: Well this is sort of like weight and blood pressure – it’s important health information.  Can you give me your best estimate?

Mr. Jackson: Well, usually I kick back with a few beers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and sometimes on Mondays if there’s a game on.

Dr. Wilson: So how many beers do you have on a typical drinking day?

Mr. Jackson: Oh, usually about 6 to 8 when I’m watching a game.  You know, it’s a social thing – just hanging out.

Dr. Wilson: So that’s about 4 days a week and about 7 drinks per day… Does that sound about right?

Mr. Jackson: Yeah, that’s about it.

Dr. Wilson: That’s 28 drinks per week.

Mr. Jackson: Gee, when you put it like that it sounds like an awful lot.

Dr. Wilson: Well, it is more than we recommend.

Mr. Jackson: Really?


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