Mar 8, 2021

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.

updated: March 8, 2021
originally published: December 11, 2017

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