Limit Alcohol Consumption

How much alcohol consumption is ok?

Limit alcohol intake to:

  • 1 drink a day for women*
  • 2 drinks a day for men

Excessive alcohol consumption increases your blood pressure and is harmful to your overall health. Drinking too much alcohol can increase your chances of having liver disease, heart attack, stroke, certain forms of cancer, and high blood pressure.

*A woman's body generally processes alcohol at a slower rate than a man's body.

What is considered 1 drink?

Since there are different types of alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), 1 drink has different meanings depending on the type of alcohol that you consume. For example:

1 drink of Beer = 12 ounces or 1 can of beer (beer bottles vary in size and carry different quantities of beer)

1 drink of wine = 5 ounces or a glass of wine

1 drink of whiskey = 1.5 ounce or a shot of whiskey

For more specific information on alcohol content, please click here.

Are you drinking more than what is recommended on a daily basis?

Drinking too much alcohol on a daily basis can increase your chances for having health problems in the future and can interfere with the medications you are currently taking. Talk to your doctor about alcohol and how it can be affecting your health.

Below are some resources to learn more about alcohol and excessive alcohol consumption:

Rethinking Drinking, Alcohol and your Health: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/WhatsTheHarm/WhatAreTheRisks.asp

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aa.org/?

Sources:

American Heart Association. Alcohol and Blood Pressure. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Alcohol-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_303244_Article.jsp#.Vqq1ifk4Fdg

National Health, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI). Your Guide to lowering blood pressure, Limit alcohol consumption. Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/l_alcohol/l_alcohol.htm

National Institute on Alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Rethinking drinking. http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

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