Dr. Willenbring Contributes to Convo About Heavy Drinking Versus Addiction

  Mark Willenbring, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Annum Health. 

Mark Willenbring, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Annum Health. 

“You can get more information about a stick of gum than you can about how many [servings] there are in a martini.” - Dr. Willenbring

In a recent article featured in Tonic, a health publication from VICE news, Annum's Chief Medical Officer addresses factors that contribute to heavy drinking. He says:

"Many people drink too much because they don’t know what a low-risk amount of alcohol is. They also don’t know whether their drinking falls between safe limits, so keeping a record is a good way to assess that, although the amount of alcohol in mixed drinks can vary wildly."

In addition, Dr. Willenbring clarifies some common misperceptions around alcohol and addiction. 

" Willenbring says it’s not the alcohol itself that people are addicted to, but the anticipation of the intoxication it provides. 'It has nothing to do with an underlying character defect or psychological problem. It’s just neurobiology.'"

Read the full study from VICE news here.