Drink alcohol in moderation or not drink at all!
When it comes to drinking alcohol, the key is doing so only in moderation. Certainly, you don’t have to drink any alcohol, and if you currently don’t drink, don’t start drinking for the possible health benefits. In some cases, it’s safest to avoid alcohol entirely — the possible benefits don’t outweigh the risks.
Guidelines for moderate alcohol use
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
Examples of one drink include:
- Beer:12 fluid ounces (355 milliliters)
- Wine:5 fluid ounces (148 milliliters)
- Distilled spirits (80 proof):5 fluid ounces (44 milliliters)
It is said that moderate amount of alcohol can benefit you, but this is not applicable in every situation. As said earlier, It is always better to avoid drnking than to drink moderately. You can have moderate alcohol if you’re an older adult. If you’re a middle-aged or young adult, some evidence shows that even moderate alcohol use may cause more harm than good. You can take other steps to benefit your cardiovascular health besides drinking — eating a healthy diet and exercising.
The latest dietary guidelines make it clear that no one should begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits. So don’t feel pressured to drink alcohol. But if you do drink alcohol and you’re healthy, there’s probably no need to stop as long as you drink responsibly and in moderation.