Anyone who drinks alcohol can benefit from medical advice on drinking. Standard drinks all contain the same amount of pure alcohol. (It’s 6/10 of an ounce.) And beer, wine and spirits (liquor) similar benefits for health and long life.
Knowing about this alcohol equivalence can help people drink in moderation. The Acad of Nutri and Diet. (AND) was formerly the Am Diet. Assn (ADN). The AND says “Knowing the facts of beverage alcohol equivalence is a crucial aspect of responsible drinking.”1 Thus, people won’t be fooled by the myth that drinking “hard liquor” leads more quickly to intoxication.
In a poll of doctors, 95% said it is important that people understand standard drinks. And 98% believe it important for doctors to say this and other facts about drinking.
The study was made by the American Medical Women’s Association. It’s the oldest and largest multispecialty group of women doctors in the world.2
Dr. Raymond Scaletter is former head of the American Medical Association. He says “Incorporating standard drink facts into routine exams will help stress moderation and to identify alcohol abuse.” The medical leader says that it’s important for doctors to “reinforce moderate drinking.”
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. That’s right. Alcohol is Sexist.
Many other countries have much higher limits. The science is the same everywhere. But some countries have a temperance background whereas others don’t. And these limits are set politically and culturally.
Medical Advice on Drinking Alcohol
- Nutrition Fact Sheet.
- Am Med Women’s Assn.