September 7, 2008
Moderate intake of alcohol has been shown to decrease the risk of coronary heart disease, at least in middle-aged adults. While some people consider this an endorsement for drinking, any decision about drinking alcohol requires a careful look at all sides of the issues. Whatever you determine after reading the various arguments for and against, keep in mind that all public health officials advise people who do drink to limit their intake to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women (as long as they are not pregnant or nursing). When it comes to wine, “a drink” is 4 ounces at 12.5% alcohol and 5 ounces at 10% alcohol.