Moderation is Key

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 of 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 withtotal 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 can improve survival of a heart attack or stroke. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report suggests that moderate drinking does not affect diet quality nor is associated with obesity and can be a part of a balanced diet. Moderation is most often defined as one drink per day for women and two per day for men. The USDA defines an alcoholic beverage “as 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol), 5 fluid ounces of wine (12% alcohol), or 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof (40% alcohol) distilled spirits. One drink contains 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol.” 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!


One Response to “Moderation is Key”


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