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Rethinking Drinking -- Alcohol and Your Health (booklet)
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
3 hours of Continuing Education credit.]

1. ___ % of American adults do not drink at all.
a. 5
b. 15
c. 25
d. 35


2. ___% of American adults drink at heavy or at risk levels.
a. 8
b. 18
c. 28
d. 38

3. Which of the following does NOT count as a standard drink in the United States?
a. a 12-ounce beer
b. 8 to 9 ounces of malt liquor
c. 8 ounces of wine
d. 1.5 ounce shot of hard liquor (80-proof spirits: whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, tequila)

4. A regular bottle of wine (750 ml) contains ___ standard drinks.
a. 3
b. 4
c. 5
d. 6

5. Which is NOT true?
a. It is safe for a drinker to drive a car if he does not feel a buzz from his drinking.
b. A person who must take prescription medication should not drink alcohol.
c. Being able to "hold one's liquor" is not a good thing. It means a person must drink more in order to feel a buzz because they have developed a tolerance for alcohol.
d. A woman who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant should avoid alcohol.

6. For men, "heavy" or "at risk" drinking is drinking more than ___ standard drinks on any day and more than ___ standard drinks per week.
a. 2, 10
b. 3, 12
c. 4, 14
d. 6, 18

7. Heavy drinkers have a greater risk of
a. liver disease, stroke, and heart disease.
b. sleep disorders and depression.
c. bleeding from the stomach, sexually transmitted infections from unsafe sex, and several types of cancer.
d. All of the above.

8. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of an alcohol use disorder?
a. You noticed several times when you drank more than you had intended to drink.
b. You wanted to cut down on your drinking several times, but could not.
c. You had to drink much more to get the same effect.
d. You never drink more than 1 or 2 standard drinks on any day.
e. You stopped doing activities you enjoyed doing because you were too busy drinking.
f. After the effects of the alcohol wore off, you had trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, or a racing heart.

9. Which of the following benefits from stopping drinking was NOT listed?
a. To lose weight and improve your health.
b. To think more clearly and rationally.
c. To improve your relationships.
d. To save money.

10. Those who are trying to cut back on their drinking can use technology to help motivate them each day. Which of the following suggestions was NOT made in this brochure?
a. Keep the "Standard Drink"chart (on page 2) and the "Low-Risk Drinking Limits" chart (on page 4) on your phone and computer.
b. Complete a "Change Plan" at the "Rethinking Drinking" website and email it to yourself.
c. Store your goals, reasons, and strategies for change in your mobile phone to help you resist the urge to drink.
d. Set up automated alerts to your mobile phone and email calendar.

11. In the section entitled "Strategies for Cutting Down," it was recommended that drinkers pace their drinking by taking a drink no more than 1 (one) standard drink every
a. 30 minutes
b. 45 minutes
c. 60 minutes
d. 90 minutes

12. On page 10, which was NOT mentioned as one of the strategies for cutting down on one's drinking?
a. Keep track of how many drinks you consume.
b. Do not drink alone.
c. Know the standard drink sizes, and when dining out, ask your server to not "top off" your glass of wine.
d. Don't drink on an empty stomach.

13. On page 11, which was NOT mentioned as one of the strategies for cutting down on one's drinking?
a. Get medication from your doctor that suppresses the urge to drink.
b. Fill your previous drinking time with healthy activities and hobbies.
c. Avoid people and places that made you drink before. Don't keep alcohol at home if drinking there is a problem.
d. When the urge to drink hits, distract yourself with physical exercise. The urge will crest like a wave, and soon pass.

14. When obtaining support for quitting drinking, it is advised for you to
a. ask friends and family to not offer you any alcohol.
b. ask friends and family to not use alcohol around you.
c. join an Alcoholics Anonymous group.
d. All of the above.

15. Which is NOT true?
a. Medications are available to help quit drinking. However, all of them make you sick if you drink alcohol.
b. A major clinical trial showed that patients can receive effective alcohol treatment from their primary care doctors or mental health practitioners by combining the newer medications with a series of brief office visits for support.
c. Several counseling approaches are effective with treating a drinking problem: 1) The
12 step-program, 2) Cognitive-behavioral therapy, and 3) motivational enhancement.
d. The therapies in "c" are effective as long as they offer empathy, avoid heavy confrontation, strengthen motivation, and provide concrete ways to change drinking behavior.

16. Researchers show that most heavy drinkers, even those with alcoholism, either cut back significantly, or quit.
a. True
b. False

17. Which of the following is NOT included in the written "Change Plan"?
a. The starting date to achieve my goal of either cutting back, or quitting drinking.
b. The most important reasons why I want to make this change, and the strategies to achieve it.
c. The names of my friends and family who have cut back or stopped their drinking.
d. The people who can help me with my goal, and how I will know I am achieving it.

18. On the "4-Week Tracker" , I can write in the maximum number of drinks I will have on any day. I can also write in the maximum number of drinks I will have each week.
a. True
b. False

19. The "Drinker Analyzer" helps me identify what places, people, or situations are triggering my desire to drink.
a. True
b. False

20. At the end of this brochure, resources are provided for those that want to stop their drinking, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and for those who want to cut back on their drinking, such as Moderation Management.

a. True
b. False