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Drink Alcohol in Moderation

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The Basics

If you choose to drink alcohol, have only a moderate amount. This means up to one drink a day for women; two drinks a day for men.

One drink is:

  • 12 ounces of beer (one bottle)
  • 5 ounces of wine (one glass)
  • 1.5 ounces of liquor (one shot)

For most adults, moderate drinking does not cause any serious health problems.

Start Today: Small Steps
  • Take this quiz to see if you have a drinking problem.
  • Set a drinking limit and write it down.
  • Print out this diary to keep track of your drinking.
  • Make an appointment to get your blood pressure checked.

Learn how drinking may affect your blood pressure and risk for heart disease.

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