Ethanol (or ethyl alcohol) is the type of alcohol that over two billion people drink every day. It is also medically referred to as EtOH.
Like many other psychoactive substances, ethanol can be addictive. Drinking ethanol in alcoholic beverages can be dangerous, especially in excess.
Alcoholic drinks are a big part of American culture, and lots of people drink. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2015, 86 percent of people over the age of 18 said they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime. That makes alcohol one of the most common recreational drugs in the United States, along with nicotine and caffeine.
Alcohol abuse may be considered chronic alcohol use, binge drinking, or heavy drinking. Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as drinking that brings your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08. This can occur when men consume five drinks, and when women consume four drinks within two hours. Heavy alcohol use is defined as binge drinking five or more times in a month.