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How Much is Too Much Alcohol?

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Enjoy your drinks within responsible limits 

Everyone reacts differently to alcohol. There are a lot of factors involved when it comes to alcohol tolerance. This include height, weight, gender, food and how much sleep one has had, prior to drinking.

Drinking alcohol has several positive benefits for the health, including:

  • Reducing your risk to cardiovascular disease and ischemic stroke
  • Reducing your risk to diabetes

Remember that alcohol isn’t the only cure to heart disease. You can always opt to eat healthy, exercise daily, have an active lifestyle and be positive in life in order to have a healthy heart in the long run.

Alcohol Intake
It is recommended to drink no more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you can drink 14 units in one night just because you didn’t drink the whole week. It is best to spread your alcohol intake in one week if you don’t want to increase any health risks.

One alcohol unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. Of course, this differs according to what kind of alcohol you’re drinking since they come in different sizes and strengths.

Here’s a basic guideline in consuming alcohol moderately:

  • It is okay for healthy women and men over 65 years of age to have one drink a day
  • For men who are 65 years old and younger, having two drinks a day should be okay

Standard Drinks

You should know by now that alcohol drinks have different alcohol levels. Because of this, it is a must to know how much alcohol your drink has in order to drink moderately.

  • 12 fl oz of regular beer = 5% alcohol
  • 8-9 fl oz of malt liquor = 7% alcohol
  • 5 fl oz of wine = 12% alcohol
  • 1.5 fl oz shot of distilled spirits = 40% alcohol (this includes gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, vodka and more)

Remember that drinking will not solve any problem—it is a nice companion when you’re out with friend or to loosen up as long as you know when to stop.

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