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Diet & Nutrition

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      The most important thing to remember about alcohol is to enjoy it in moderation. Alcohol is usually high in calories and low in nutritional value. Excess alcohol consumption can lead to many serious health risks, such as high blood pressure, stroke, some types of cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. Suggested safe alcohol consumption is no more that one alcoholic beverage a day for women, and two drinks a day for men.

What counts as an alcoholic beverage?

This is an excellent question, as alcoholic beverages come in many flavors and sizes. Experts agree that the following provides examples of what equals one drink.

- 12 ounces of regular beer (150 calories)
- 5 ounces of wine (100 calories)
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (100 calories)

Alcohol consumption for better health?

Recent research has pointed out some health benefits to moderate drinking. These health benefits are applicable only to those drinking in moderation. Evidence has shown that drinking in moderation may lower the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Evidence suggests this is particularly true in men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55. Always remember that maintaining a healthful diet, a healthy weight and getting daily physical exercise also greatly lowers the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Alcohol and Health

Alcohol abuse can be devastating to overall health. Facts about alcohol abuse demonstrate how widespread this problem is and how alcohol affects a person both psychologically and physically. The side effects of alcohol may begin with pleasant feelings and lowered self consciousness, however, abuse can lead to a number of detrimental physical effects and emotional problems as well. Alcohol is a drug and it should always be used in moderation.

The U.S. Government's Food and Nutrition Information Center offers detailed information about nutritional guidelines for Americans. The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases offers excellent resources on nutrition and other health issues.

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