Top Five Things Every Woman should Know about Alcohol:
1. Alcohol increases the risk of several types of cancer, including breast cancer and colon cancer.
2. Moderate alcohol intake reduces the risk of heart disease.
3. For young women who have a low risk of heart disease, the risks of alcohol likely outweigh the benefits.
4. The health risks and benefits of alcohol apply to all types of alcohol (beer, wine, and spirits).
5. Women who choose to drink are advised to limit themselves to one drink per day or less.
Who should not drink?
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 20051, alcoholic beverages should not be consumed by some individuals, including:
Cancers Linked with Alcohol Use
Defining Alcohol Use
Lifetime abstainer: Fewer than 12 drinks in lifetime.
Former drinker: No drinks in the past year
Abstainer: Fewer than 12 drinks in lifetime or no drinks in the past year
Light Drinker: An average of three or fewer drinks per week
Moderate Drinker: An average of more than three drinks per week, but no more than seven drinks per week for women and no more than 14 drinks per week for men.
Heavy Drinker: More than one drink per day for women and more than two drinks per day for men
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Data from the 2006 National Health Interview Survey2
To learn more about the risks and benefits of alcohol, visit The Truth about Alcohol.
1 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. US Department of Health and Human Services Web site. Available at: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/default.htm. Accessed September 22, 2010.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1997-2006. Data on alcohol consumption available at: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/Resources/DatabaseResources/QuickFacts/AlcoholConsumption/dkpat25.htm(Accessed April 29, 2008).
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