People who drink alcoholic beverages can benefit from medical advice on drinking.
- 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
- 5-ounce glass of dinner wine
- One and 1/2 ounce shot drink of distilled spirits.
Each of these is the same to a breathalyzer. They also have similar health and longevity benefits.
Knowing about this alcohol equivalence can help people drink sensibly and in moderation. The American Dietetic Association, “Knowing the facts of beverage alcohol equivalence is a crucial aspect of responsible drinking.”1 For example, people won’t be fooled by the myth that drinking “hard liquor” leads more quickly to intoxication than other alcoholic beverages.
In a poll of physicians, 95% said it is important that people understand the alcohol equivalence of standard drinks. And 98% believe it important for doctors to communicate this and other information about alcohol consumption.
The research was conducted by the American Medical Women’s Association. It’s the oldest and largest multispecialty association of women physicians in the world.
Dr. Raymond Scaletter is former head of the American Medical Association. He says “Incorporating standard drink information into routine examinations will help to reinforce moderation and to identify alcohol abuse.” The medical leader says that it’s important for doctors to “reinforce moderate and responsible drinking.”2
What is Moderate Drinking?
The U.S. government defines moderate drinking simply. It’s a man drinking up to two drinks daily. For a woman, it’s having up to one drink daily.
Many other countries have much higher limits. The science is the same everywhere. However, some countries have a temperance background whereas others don’t. And these limits are set politically and culturally.
Resources: Medical Advice on Drinking Alcohol
- Standard Drinks & Alcohol Equivalence.
- What Is Moderate Drinking or Drinking in Moderation?
- Alcohol and Health.
- Haerens, M. Alcohol. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2012.
- NIAAA. Alcohol Health and Research World (mag). Washington: NIAAA.
- Thomas, M. The Longevity List. NSW, Aust: Exisle, 2017.