The Health Benefits of Alcohol
Your Overall Intake: What You Need to Know
Though there is no universally accepted standard drink definition, in the U.S., one drink is usually considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of hard alcohol.
If you choose to drink, moderation is key. "The benefits that you get come from moderate amounts, which are one to two drinks a day," says Young. "You can't save up and binge drink on the weekends. You're going to either use it or lose it."
Moreover, alcohol does have addictive properties, so if your family history has been prone to such problems, it's probably best to abstain from it entirely.
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, November 2007.
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