What is a safe level of drinking?

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.


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

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