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Alcohol Awareness Month
Every April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence encourages people to make healthy and safe choices when it comes drinking alcohol through Alcohol Awareness Month.
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Moderate drinking means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks for men. Generally, anything more than moderate drinking can be harmful to your health, including an increased risk for several health problems including high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis and several forms of cancer. And some people, or people in certain situations, shouldn't drink at all.
The actual serving size for an alcoholic beverage depends on the type of drink. A standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol. This is equal to:
- 12 ounces of a beer or wine cooler
- 8-ounces of malt liquor
- 5 ounces of table wine
- 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits such as gin, vodka or whiskey.
To learn more about drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and learn more about healthy eating from our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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Reviewed February 2013