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Dec 11, 2017 — Red wine has been said to help prevent heart diseases, and beer may combat diabetes. But how much should you actually be drinking? On today's Health Minute, Dr. Tom Miller discusses his medical recommendations on alcohol consumption and defines how much is too much.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Alcohol, is it okay or should you avoid it? Dr. Tom Miller, what do you tell your patients?

Dr. Miller: Basically, if you don't drink, don't start. And if you're a drinker, be a moderate drinker because there is some evidence that it reduces heart disease and prolongs life.

Interviewer: And what is a moderate drinker?

Dr. Miller: That would be less than two drinks a day for women and less than three drinks a day for men.

Interviewer: All right. And now we got to define, "What's a drink?" Because it's not as much . . . yeah.

Dr. Miller: What's a drink? It's not a Big Gulp cup. Basically, it's one 12-ounce beer a day, 5 ounces of wine or half a glass, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

Interviewer: And if you're more than a moderate drinker, are there some dangers?

Dr. Miller: There are. Your rate of accidents increases, medical illness, and social problems. And if you're a woman, we don't recommend you drink, even if you do drink, during your pregnancy.

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