Drinking in moderation has been linked, in numerous studies, to a wide variety of health benefits — lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol. But it’s also possible to get too much of a good thing, experts say.
So what exactly is drinking in moderation?
According to the Mayo Clinic, moderate alcohol consumption for women is one drink per day — a beer, glass of wine, or cocktail. For men, it’s two drinks, but after age 65 men should limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day.
Drink size depends on the type of beverage. In general, one beer is 12 fluid ounces, a glass of wine is five fluid ounces, and distilled spirits are 1.5 fluid ounces.