For most adults, 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.