A person who chronically abuses alcohol is at risk for developing both acute and chronic pancreatitis.


Typical person who develops chronic alcoholic pancreatitis:

(1) male 35 to 45 years of age

(2) daily intake of 150 grams of alcohol or more

(3) this level of heavy alcohol use for at least 6 years


Converting alcohol intake to grams of intake (see 32.14.01, 32.14.15 and 40.06.02):

(1) In 32.14.01 it is reported that a standard drink contains 10 - 15 grams of alcohol.

(2) In 40.06.02 it is determined that the standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (17.74 mL) of 100% alcohol. Using a density of 0.789 this works out to 14 grams of alcohol.

(3) In 32.14.15 I used the 12.5 grams (mean of the range 10-15 grams range) to calculate intake

Alcohol per Drink

Number of Drinks to Provide 150 grams Ethanol

12.5 grams

12 drinks

14 grams

10.7 drinks


This works out to about 2 six packs of beer, 1.5 liters of wine or half a fifth (fifth = 757 mL, half fifth = 378 mL) of hard liquor per day.


I would imagine that a woman would be at risk at a lower level of intake.


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