Alcoholic Drinks: Learn
About Benefits and Risks
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Alcoholic drinks are part of many
social occasions, from family
gatherings to sporting events and
The problems associated with alcohol
abuse are well-known, but what about
the impact of moderate drinking?
Understanding the health benefits of
drinking alcohol is also important.
What is Moderate Alcohol
The terms “moderate” and “a drink”
have fueled some of the ongoing
debates about alcohol’s impact on
health. Some studies would refer to
“moderate drinking” as less than 1
drink per day.
For others, it means 3-4 drinks per day.
Exactly what constitutes “a drink” is
also fairly fluid as there are several
types of alcoholic drinks. There is no
universally accepted standard drink
In the U.S, though, 12 ounces of beer, 5
ounces of wine, or 1 and ½ ounces of
spirits such as whiskey or gin is
equivalent to 1 drink.
Each delivers approximately 12 to 14
grams of alcohol on average. However,
some wines and micro brews now are
being produced with higher alcohol
Moderate drinking then is something
of a balancing act. The benefits of
drinking alcohol should clearly
outweigh the risks.
The latest consensus suggests that no
more than 1 drink and 2 drinks for
women and men a day respectively, is
considered safe and healthy. This is the
definition being used in the US.
What Are the Possible Health
Benefits of Drinking Alcohol?
One of the most popular benefits
associated with moderate drinking is
improved heart health.
More than 100 prospective studies
show that light to moderate drinking
can help reduce the risks of heart
attack, stroke, peripheral vascular
disease, and death from all
The effect is fairly consistent,
corresponding to a 32.5% reduction in
risk, on average.
This was observed in both men and
women, regardless of whether that
person is healthy or at high risk for
having a heart attack or st