What is Alcohol in Moderation?

October 31, 2009 at 1:12 am 1 comment

Yes you hear all about not drinking.  But you don’t hear about what is “the norm” or considered acceptable while using in moderation.  I found a news article recently that talks about what they mean when they say moderation..

What is Moderation?

Moderation is often described in the US as two drinks a day for a man and one drink a day for a women. These drinks can’t be “saved” over time and then drunk in one day. A drink is:

Standard Drinks

Standard Drinks graphically illustrates information on the equivalence of standard drinks of beer, wine and distilled spirits or liquor. Its accuracy has been established by medical and other health professionals.

  • a 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
  • a five-ounce glass of dinner wine
  • a shot of liquor or spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink)

Remember that the alcohol content of standard drinks are equivalent [learn more about Alcohol Equivalence]. A drink is a drink is a drink. To a breathalyzer, they’re all the same. 6 For more, visit Standard Drinks.

Most countries define moderation at higher levels of consumption than does the US. For example, Australia, Italy and France consider from 3 to over four drinks per day for men to be moderate drinking. People are all different. To decide what level is appropriate for you, consult your doctor.

So there ya go! drink in moderation please.



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. laurafernsten  |  November 10, 2009 at 4:08 am

    You know, i never really understood why people drink. It is a poison. And the side effects of it are because the drink is poisoning your body and your body is trying to defend itself. It almost the same as drinking ant poison or another harmful chemical. I have a lot of family who aren’t members and drink, and I just find the smell disgusting as well as what it does to my family members.


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