In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, we're taking a look at science behind the moderate consumption of alcohol to help our patients make informed decisions with the most up-to-date information available.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and help prevent chronic disease from U.S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020-2025, recommends that adults of legal drinking age who choose to drink do so in moderation by limiting intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men or 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed. The Guidelines also DO NOT recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason. It further recommends that adults of legal drinking age who decide to drink alcoholic beverages, drink less for better health.
Drinking at levels above the outlined moderate drinking guidelines significantly increases the risk of short-term harms, such as injuries, as well as the risk of long-term chronic health problems, such as some types of cancer.
The Guidelines note that some people should not drink alcohol at all, including:
Learn more from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
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