Quiz: Are You Drinking Too Much Wine In Quarantine?

An occasional glass is fine, but here's how to tell if your habit is headed toward unhealthy.

Quiz: Are You Drinking Too Much Wine In Quarantine?

Have you noticed people are drinking a lot more wine right now? 

Pandemic stress and downright boredom have led to a 41% increase in heavy drinking by women. But does 2020 have you drinking too much wine?  Psychotherapist and addiction expert, Dr. Mike Dow stopped by The Dr. Oz Show on Dec. 2, 2020 to help develop a quiz so you can find the answer.


It's important to note that this quiz isn't meant to diagnose alcoholism. It's for people who are the light to moderate drinkers out there who are drinking a bit more during the pandemic. This means you may be in that "up to one or two drinks per day" category — not binge drinking or physically dependent on alcohol — which, unlike light or moderate drinking, isn't a diagnosable mental illness. Maybe you've gone from a few glasses of wine on weekend nights to 2-3 glasses every night during the pandemic.

Take the quiz below and find out where you stand. Each question is true or false, so make sure you tally up the amount of trues and falses to get your results at the end of the quiz.

Questions:

1. Your work or school day is over… you pour yourself a drink nearly every night to mark the start of the evening.

TRUE or FALSE

2. You need wine to watch the news.

TRUE or FALSE

3. You drink three glasses and there’s only a small amount left in the wine bottle. You finish it just to finish it…

TRUE or FALSE

4. You are all out of your go-to drink… so, you drink something you don’t even like just to have something.

TRUE or FALSE

5. You posted something on social media that you regret after drinking during quarantine.

TRUE or FALSE

Results:

1 or less TRUE answer:

You are a savvy sipper

You may enjoy the ocassional glass of wine at dinner, but the stress of the pandemic has not caused you to up the ante when it comes to your drink intake. Maybe you're getting out all of your stress through at-home workouts, or you're using this time to reflect and mediate more. Either way, keep it up.

2-3 TRUE answers:

Your cup is full

You've just teetered into the realm of "heavy drinking." For women, more than three drinks is defined as "heavy drinking," which in and of itself is a good reason to leave that extra glass in the bottle. There's a J-shaped curve when it comes to drinking, which means a little can be good for you... but your risk for health problems quickly skyrockets when you go even a little past "light" or "moderate.

Keep an eye out on your urges and consider a wine spritzer. Pour half a glass of your favorite wine, add seltzer or soda of your choice, and garnish with fruit. You'll drink less over time and still enjoy your favorite wine.

4-5 TRUE answers:

Your cup runneth over

You may be drinking too much. Think about the last time you got drunk. Can you remember what you did or how you acted? Drinking to a certain point is like cutting the brakes in a car; you're all accelerator pedal. If you're drinking to a point where you no longer can put the brakes on the urges you feel, that's one of the ways we know you may have a problem and a sign of bigger problems down the road.

A great solution is to swap your regular wine drink with a spritzer. Pour half a glass of your favorite wine, add seltzer or soda of your choice, and garnish with fruit. You'll drink less over time and still enjoy your favorite wine.

Find more ways to stay active and healthy during quarantine at Dr. Oz's COVID-19 information hub.

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