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Drinking Alcohol: Health Boost or Health Risk?

July 6, 2016

beerA large number of studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women. Moderate drinking means one drink per day for women and one to two for men, says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. “The difference in amounts is because of how men and women metabolize alcohol,” Dr. Novey explains.

“When you say one drink, the size of that drink matters,” Novey adds.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture one drink is equal to:

+ 12 ounces of beer or

+ 5 ounces of wine or

+ 1½ ounces of spirits (hard liquor such as gin or whiskey, 80-proof)

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