There is no doubt that drinking large amounts of alcohol is bad for your health. However, there is some evidence that some alcohol consumption may have some benefits. Given that, the American Heart Association recommends that adults who drink do so in moderation.
Here are some considerations if you plan on continuing to drink alcohol:
- Consult your physician to discuss its benefits and risks given your family history. Certain people should not consume any alcohol, such as pregnant women, people with liver disease, or those who are on certain medications.
- Moderate intake is considered to be one drink per day if you are a woman and one to two drinks per day if you are a man.
- Periodically review your use of alcohol with your doctor. You may need to change your drinking behavior if you begin to consume too much or experience harmful consequences as a result of drinking alcohol.
- Never drink alcohol if you are going to be driving or operating machinery.