Remembering Moderation when Sippin’

16 Aug

Jill & Leslie at wine class at the CIA in Napa Valley 2009

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States notes that over 100 million American adults drink alcohol responsibly. Our goal (as nutritionists and health experts) is to help people find the happy medium between good times and health. Health messages are often skewed by media and even so-called experts. offers truth, health, humor, and permission to enjoy alcohol in moderation. An article found in the 2006 Archives of Internal Medicines suggests that up to 2 alcoholic beverages for women and up to 4 for men was inversely associated with total risk of death; therefore, possibly prolonging life. Other research findings include that moderate consumption of alcohol may reduce the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease, and may improve survival rates of a heart attack or stroke. And, The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report suggests that moderate drinking does not affect diet quality nor is associated with obesity. Moderation is most often defined as one drink per day for women and two per day for men. If you don’t want to drink, you don’t have to start. However, if you want to be a smart sipper we’re here to help!


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