Let's begin with the following...if you have any of the conditions listed below, it is best that you NOT drink.
1. Personal or family history of alcoholism
2. Liver disease
3. High Triglycerides
5. Heart Failure
6. Uncontrolled Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
8. Any medications that may interact with alcohol
9. Your doctor told you that you have a medical problem in which you should not drink alcohol
10. If you will be driving or operating heavy machinery while drinking (You knew that one!)
(Thank you, American Heart Association for such easy to understand guidelines!)
Then, there were the rest of you. The recommendations are the following: 1-2 drinks per day for men, and 1 drink per day for women. Now, don't think that you are getting off that easy! I know you are thinking.."Hmm..well then I'll have a GLASS of vodka!" Nice try! A "drink" is quite clearly defined as follows..12 oz beer, 4 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of 80-proof spirit or 1 oz of 100-proof spirit. For those of you who need a visual....here ya go.
Next question..."Is one type of alcohol better than another?"
|Psst...you can get similar pre-measured|
glasses at FG Bradley's
Next..and my favorite question of all time...."If I don't drink all week, can I save them up and have 7 drinks in one night?" I'm not kidding, I really get asked this. And the answer is a big...NO! Binge drinking is out of the question..sorry!
Finally, let me say that I am in no means advocating the use of alcohol. There are far better means of increasing your HDL than by drinking red wine (exercise, anyone?). However, I thought it would be nice to provide everyone with the facts!