It’s the holiday season and there will be plenty of food and wine! Drinking can be good for you but in calculated amount.
If you have existing risk factors for heart disease, Mayo Clinic advised moderate drinking in the following amount for health benefits:
1. How much should you drink depends on age and gender
- Women of all ages can drink 1 drink a day.
- Men 65 years old and younger can have 2 drinks a day.
2. One drink is equal to:
- Beer: 12 fluid ounces or 344 ml (typically a can of beer)
- Distilled spirits (80 proof): 1.5 fluid ounces or 44 ml (typically 1 shot drink)
- Wine: 5 fluid ounces or 148 ml (refer to picture below for a rough estimation)
3. Moderate drinking can cause more harm than good if we are younger adults or middle-aged adults
Studies have also suggested that moderate drinking can cause more harm than good if we are younger adults or middle-aged adults.
Hence, in the long run for health benefits—opt for eating healthily and exercising instead. But drinking for special seasons is allowed.
4. There is a limit to how much you can drink
If we are looking at drinking at safe levels (not for health benefits), the Department of Health in UK suggested the following upper limits:
- Women should not drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol a day.
- Men should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day.
5. Give your liver a two days break
Remember to give our liver a 2-day break to recover from drinking if we are drinking more than the upper limits.
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