Is moderate drinking bad for you?

I have about a drink or two each day at dinnertime, never much more. I feel healthy now, but will my moderate drinking eventually take a toll on me? Is there such thing as a healthy drinking habit?

asked 28 Mar '12, 14:29

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A "drink" is a 1 ounce (about 30 ml) portion of distilled spirits, beer, or wine. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines moderate drinking as one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Excessive or "high risk" drinking is 4 or more drinks per day (for men) and 3 or more drinks per day (for women).

(28 Mar '12, 15:35) Jack ♦



Alcohol is a legal but controlled substance, often abused.


Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol can be addictive. Alcoholism is considered a disease and a behavioral problem (addiction), commonly treated both medically and through behavioral interventions

Studies around the world say moderate drinking is actually beneficial to your health. After reviewing 143 studies going back to 1977, researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine claim that moderate social drinkers are 23% less likely to develop dementia and other impairments of the brain. Moderate drinking is also said to help protect against diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostates, asthma, and various cancers.

However, drinking more than three to five drinks a day was associated with an increased chance of developing major cognitive impairments, not to mention alcoholism, liver cancer, and death... Careful, people.


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