Alcohol Consumption Limits

This is a listing of published limits for alcohol consumption. Adults who choose to drink should keep in mind that there are situations when abstinence is best: when taking medications that interact with alcohol; when pregnant or trying to conceive; when there are any physical or mental conditions present which would be made worse by drinking, even in moderation; if dependent on alcohol; if drinking could cause harm to yourself or others, for example when driving; or if you are underage. 

1. Source: Moderate Drinking

Standard Drink Unit:

2. Source: The Physicians' Guide to Helping Patients With Alcohol Problems, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH Publication Number 95-3769, printed 1995

A patient may be at risk for alcohol-related problems if alcohol consumption is:

Recommendations to Patients for Low-Risk Drinking:

3. Source: Nutrition and Your Health: Guidelines for Americans, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fourth Edition, 1995

4. Source: Saying When: How to Quit Drinking or Cut Down, by Dr. Martha Sanchez-Craig, Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto, Canada, Second Edition, Revised, 1994


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