What is Moderate Alcohol Consumption?

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“According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. This definition is referring to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days. The Dietary Guidelines also state that it is not recommended that anyone begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits because moderate alcohol intake also is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, violence, drowning, and injuries from falls and motor vehicle crashes.” Source: http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm#moderateDrinking

In general one drink is defined as:

  • One 12 oz. beer or wine cooler or cider
  • One shot of 80 Proof liquor or
  • One 4-5 oz glass of wine
  • 8-9 oz. of malt liquor
  • 2-3 oz. of liqueur, cordial or apertif
  • 1.5 oz. of spirits (brandy, whiskey, gin, vodka, etc.)
  • 3-4 oz. of sherry or port

The above examples are approximate because many brands and types of alcoholic beverages vary in actual alcohol content. Check the label for percentage of alcohol content.

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