Drinking less is better for your health than drinking more. For individuals who do not drink alcohol, it is not recommended they start drinking for any reason.
Nonpregnant adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink, or to drink in moderation by limiting consumption to 2 drinks or less in a day for men or 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed.
Drinking above these limits increases the risk for injuries and multiple health problems such as:
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure
- Stroke, heart, and gastrointestinal problems
- Mental health issues
- Poor sleep.
There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant and there is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. All types of alcohol can be harmful, including all wines and beer. Do not drink if you are pregnant, might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
Most U.S. adults of legal drinking age follow the recommended limits. If this surprises you, keep in mind that we tend to spend time with people who drink similar amounts.
You should also avoid alcohol if you are taking medications that interact with alcohol, if you have a health condition made worse by drinking, or you plan to drive a vehicle or operate machinery.
Drinking less can decrease your risks!