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What's a Serving?
It's easy to get carried away with serving size, especially if you're
drinking out of large wine goblets or hefty beer glasses.
What you consider "one" drink could actually be several drinks if
your portions are off.
Here's how the researchers defined one serving:
- 12 ounces of beer
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits
Self-reports, like those used in this study, aren't always perfect. No one
was told to drink (or not drink) to directly test alcohol's effects.
Mukamal's team will evaluate other ethnic groups, according to the news
"If you drink, do so in moderation," states the web site of the
American Heart Association (AHA).
"The incidence of heart disease in those who drink moderate amounts of
alcohol (no more than two drinks per day for men or one drink per day for
women) is lower than in nondrinkers. However, with increased intake of alcohol,
there are increased health dangers including high blood pressure, obesity, and
stroke," continues the AHA.
Drinking alcohol may raise women's , according to previous studies.
Of course, alcohol is not recommended for pregnant women and should not be
drunk before driving.