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How Many Drinks are Safe in a Day?


If you want to start a healthy argument, get a bunch of people in a room and ask them how many drinks are safe to have in a day. Some will argue that they enjoy two or three and are doing fine, one will argue that a drink a day is good for your health, while another will say that even one is too many.

A lot of people love their alcohol. Some use it to get through the day, some use it to celebrate, some use it to cut the chill of a cold night, and some use it for all of the above. You would be hard pressed to find medical sources stating that healthy people should never drink at all. However, how much should you have in a day?

I was Googling this subject and came up with so many different answers, my head was spinning. Depending on your gender and what country you live in, you will get a different response. For example, in the United States, the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services says women should have no more than one drink per day. Meanwhile, across the pond in France, the French Ministry of Health and Sports says that ladies there can enjoy three. Is the alcohol different in France? Not that I know of, so why the disparity?

I could site more statistics, but there are so many variables. A person’s size can determine how much alcohol they can drink, while certain health issues can preclude a person from consuming any alcohol. If your doctor tells you to stay away from the bottle, then you absolutely should. Does alcohol make you do things or act in a way that you regret later on? Then moderation is definitely the ticket…or abstinence, if that doesn’t work.

As for the rest of us, personal judgment comes into effect. I’m skeptical of the claims that a glass of wine a day is good for you, but, by the same token, I can’t honestly say if it’s bad for you either. Everyone’s body and tolerance levels are different, so you have to chart your own course. If you think you have a drinking problem, talk to a therapist for an objective opinion. In the meantime, I will continue to use the old adage, “Everything in Moderation” as my guide.

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