- No more than 1 drink a day for women
- No more than 2 drinks a day for men
Different types of beer, wine, and liquor have different amounts of alcohol. In general, 1 drink is equal to a:
- Bottle of beer (12 ounces)
- Glass of wine (5 ounces)
- Shot of liquor (1.5 ounces)
How can I tell if I’m at risk for a drinking problem?
Drinking is a problem if it causes trouble with:
- Your relationships
- School or work
- How you think and feel
If you have a drinking problem, it’s important to see a doctor right away. You can improve your health by drinking less or not drinking at all.
How will drinking less or quitting help me?
Drinking only in moderation or not drinking at all can help you:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Lower your risk of injury
- Avoid health problems like heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and liver problems
- Lose weight
- Save money
Take Action: Set Limits
Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking.
Keep track of your drinking.
- Step 1: Set a drinking limit. For example, you may decide to have no more than 3 drinks per week.
- Step 2: Write your drinking limit on a piece of paper.
- Step 3: Write down every time you have a drink for 1 week.
Take a day off from drinking.
Choose a day each week (for example, Tuesday) when you will not drink.
Don’t drink when you are upset.
If you have a bad day or are feeling angry, don’t reach for a drink. Try taking a walk, calling a friend, or seeing a movie.
Avoid places where people drink a lot.
Stay away from bars and other places that may make you want to drink.
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