Size matters: Pour less alcohol for better health.
Summertime, summertime! Your outdoor adventures, backyard barbecues, and vacations may include some combination of wine, beer, or fruit-forward cocktails. Here’s one way to increase your odds of not overdoing it: use a smaller glass — or just pour yourself less. Call it a design flaw, but as with food, the more alcohol we’re served, the more we tend to drink. The good news is that the reverse seems to be true, too. In two studies, one in a living room setting and one in a bar, men and women were served either standard or reduced portions of wine or beer and told they could drink however much they wanted. (The reduced portions were between two-thirds and three-quarters of a standard serving.) Compared with those who drank from standard serving sizes, the reduced-portion drinkers consumed between 20 and 33 percent less alcohol over the course of the drinking session. Drinking excessively is harmful to health, increasing your risk of cancer, heart disease, liver disease, depression, and premature death. Remember that “moderate drinking” is defined as no more than one drink a day for women, and two for men, and that “one drink” means 5 ounces of wine (with a 12-percent alcohol content), 12 ounces of beer (with a 5 percent alcohol content), or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof hard liquor. Talk with a health professional if you need help cutting back on drinking or stopping altogether.
Source: Reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages prompts reductions in alcohol consumption
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