What is a safe level of drinking?

If you are an adult, moderate alcohol use—defined as up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people—causes few if any problems. Remember, one drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. If you are drinking more than this, you are above moderate use.

Additionally, certain people should not drink at all such as:

      • Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant

 

      • People who plan to drive or engage in other activities that require alertness and skill

 

      • People with medical conditions that can be made worse by drinking such as diabetes

 

      • People recovering from alcohol or drug problems

 

    • People younger than 21.

(Adapted from: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/FAQs/General-English/Pages/default.aspx#experience)

Share this page: Print this page:

More FAQs