Alcohol and Health

According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy adult diet. As with all things, however, moderation and responsibility are key. The 2010 Guidelines define moderate drinking as consuming up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. The Guidelines define a standard drink as 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol) distilled spirits, 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol), or 12 ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol). Each of these standard drinks contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol. America’s distillers do not recommend that people drink alcohol for potential health benefits. Alcohol abuse can cause serious health and other problems and even drinking in moderation may pose health risks for some individuals.


There is no beverage of moderation.

Only the practice of moderation.


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