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Moderate drinking is defined as up to four alcoholic drinks for men and three for women in any single day, according to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAA), USA, and a maximum of 14 drinks for men and 7 drinks for women per week.The National Health Service (NHS), UK, states that:
*Regularly means either everyday or most days of the week.
The NHS defines 1 unit of alcohol as 10ml (8g) of pure alcohol.
Studies have shown that females begin having alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than males. There are four main reasons:
According to the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, "A Woman will absorb about 30% more alcohol into her bloodstream than a man of the same weight who has consumed an equal amount."
It is not easy to tell how many units of alcohol there are in each drink. Drinks can vary in size and alcohol content. The NHS Alcohol Unit Calculator can help you determine how many units there are in just 1 or several drinks.
Slide the cursor below the "zero" to the right to get choose number of drinks.
We read today about many studies extolling the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.
However, many of the messages are mixed; while on the one hand we are told alcohol in moderation can have some heart benefits, we also read that alcohol intake is associated with a higher risk of heart damage, cancer, psychiatric problems and liver disease.
When studies show the harms associated with consuming alcohol, they nearly always refer to binge drinking, alcohol abuse, or alcoholism.
When it comes to drinking alcohol and expecting a health benefit, moderation is the key. If you currently drink no alcohol at all, you should not start because of the health benefits, doctors say.
Below is a list of benefits linked to regular, moderate alcohol consumption:
While the consumption of alcohol in moderation appears to have some health benefits, it is important to remember that too much can be devastating for the health, and even life-threatening.
Too much alcohol can lead to:
Cardiologist Dr. Matt DeVane explains the potential benefits of alcohol for your heart and emphasizes the importance of moderation.
Written by Christian Nordqvist
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