Beer Withdrawal Symptoms Quiz

Are Your Symptoms Mild, Moderate or Severe?

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Do you have withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking beer? Answer these 20 questions will give you an idea if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms are mild, moderate or severe.

The test is completely confidential and anonymous; your results are not recorded and are available only to you. You are not asked for any personally identifying information.

This quiz is not intended as a substitute for a professional medical evaluation.

It should only be used as a guide to determining if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms are such that you should seek medical attention before you attempt to quit drinking.

Can Beer Drinkers Have Withdrawal Symptoms?

There is a misconception among some drinkers that if they stick to beer it is somehow better for them than drinking the "harder" stuff. Some beer drinkers apparently believe that those who drink liquor or even wine are placing themselves at greater risk than those who drink only the foamy brew.

Of course, it is true that you can get more intoxicated quicker drinking whisky, simply because you have less fluid to swallow. You can down a 1.5 ounce of liquor a lot quicker than you can a 12-ounce beer.

But when it comes down to it, there is just as much alcohol in a can of beer as there is in a standard mixed drink or a 5-ounce glass of wine. Each represents a standard drink when determining whether you are drinking at a safe level or at a high-risk level.

So yes, beer drinkers who stop drinking cold turkey can experience the same level of alcohol withdrawal symptoms as those drinkers who consume liquor or wine.

It's How Much, How Often That Counts

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur when someone stops drinking alcohol. Those symptoms can range from mild, moderate or severe, but the severity of the symptoms has nothing to do with the type of alcohol the person stopped drinking.

How much, how often, and how long you consumed alcohol play a role in how severe the withdrawal symptoms might be, but not the type of beverage you consumed.

If you drank only one beer a day, your withdrawal symptoms (if you have symptoms at all) are going to be a lot less severe than if you drank a six-pack.

If you drank only three times a week, chances are your withdrawal symptoms will be less severe than if you were a daily drinker.

And, if you drank a case a week for 30 years, your withdrawal symptoms will probably be more severe than if you decided to quit after two years of that level of alcohol consumption.

Beer No Different From Other Alcoholic Beverages

The notion that beer is somehow "more healthy" for you than other alcoholic beverages does not stand up to scientific research. A large Italian evidence-based review of the effects of beer consumption found that there is "no evidence that beer drinking is different from other types of alcoholic beverages."

The recommended guidelines for beer consumption are the same as they are for any other alcoholic beverages: 4 or fewer beers a day for men and less than 14 beers a week.

For women, it's 3 or fewer beers a day and no more than 7 beers a week.

Any beer consumption above those levels is considered high-risk drinking: that is an increased risk for developing an alcohol use disorders and for developing negative health consequences.

According to the Italian scientists consuming beer at any amount not recommended for:

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals at risk to develop alcoholism
  • People with cardiomyopathy or cardiac arrhythmias
  • Anyone with depression, liver, and pancreatic diseases
  • Those engaged in actions that require concentration or coordination


De Gaetano G, et al. "Effects of moderate beer consumption on health and disease: A consensus document." Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases June 2016

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