Heavy Alcohol Consumption

For most adults, occasional moderate alcohol drinking (one to two "drinks" per day) is not harmful, and may have health benefits. Moderate alcohol drinking can increase the HDL-cholesterol level in the blood, decrease risk of blood clots, and reduce risk of heart attack.1 However, regular heavy drinking (more than three to four "drinks" per day) is a health hazard. (A "drink" is considered a 180-ml glass of wine, 360-ml glass of beer, or 30-45 ml of spirits.) Heavy drinking increases risk of high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, im mune weakness, and cancer.2,3 Moreover, about one in ten people who drink alcohol become physically addicted.

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