Pick a camp – “Alcohol is bad for you” vs. “Alcohol is good for you.”

We all know that long-term alcohol abuse results in liver damage, and increased risk of cancer and brain damage, not to mention the resulting injuries and dangers from drunk driving, violence due to alcohol intoxication and basic injuries from doing almost anything while intoxicated!  We also know about the studies that have promoted actual health benefits from moderate alcohol consumption.  (The key here is moderate – I don’t know how many times I told people that drinking red wine was GOOD for me! Of course drinking a bottle of red wine is NOT!)

Just about anyone can come up with reasons to justify their view.  But I wanted to know how much really is too much, and if the plan that I’ve chosen is “healthy.”

My drinking plan is pretty basic:

Only 1 or 2 drinks per session (and absolutely no more than 3 ever)

No more than 2 days in a row

No more than 7 drinks in a week.

(Also, if my children are around, I drink no more than 1 drink – but this is more because of the role model I’m trying to create for them.  I’ll discuss that in another blog at another time).

So is that healthy or not?

According to the NIAAA, “low-risk” drinking would be:

For Men-

  • no more than 4 drinks in a day
  • no more than 14 drinks in a week

For Women-

  • no more than 3 drinks in a day
  • no more than 7 drinks in a week

For more information, visit:

http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/IsYourDrinkingPatternRisky/WhatsLowRiskDrinking.asp

Of course it’s up to you to decide on your limits and what studies you wish to follow, but I’m pretty satisfied with the plan that I have for me at this time.