There’s an old expression that all things are best in moderation, and that seems to be especially true for alcoholic beverages. Moderate drinking may even have some health benefits, like possibly lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and gallstones. But the key work in that sentence is moderate. Unfortunately, given how often alcohol is part of socializing, dining out and even professional networking, it’s all too easy for people to slide past responsible consumption into problem territory. So in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, here’s a quick guide to moderate drinking. To your health!
What “moderate” means
The experts define moderate drinking as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.
What “a drink” means
Of course, the above definition only applies if you’re pouring (or being poured) standard-sized drinks. One drink is equal to 12 ounces of regular beer – not the 16-ounce pint that bars often serve on draft. (If you have three pints in one sitting, you’ve actually consumed the equivalent of four drinks!) One drink is also equal to 5 ounces of wine, or 1-1/2 ounces of hard liquor. Read More