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How Much Alcohol Is Healthy?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,

If you choose to drink alcohol, moderate consumption can lower your risk of heart disease and increase your life expectancy. It doesn’t matter what kind of alcohol you drink--although red wine does offer some added benefits. But it’s very important to get the amount right.  Having more than one (for women) or two (for men) drinks a day shortens your life expectancy. A drink is one 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce bottle of beer, or a 1.5 ounce shot of hard liquor.  For a reality check, get out the measuring cup next time you’re mixing.  And for even more tips, check out my episode on alcohol consumption.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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