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It’s the age-old question, “Am I drinking too much?” It can happen to the best of us. You’re at a barbecue, the game is on, some friends come over, and before you know it, you’re a little drunk. We know alcohol has some positive effects (particularly wine), but when does moderate drinking switch over into binge drinking? And, when should you be concerned? While Jax Fine Wine & Spirits, home of the best craft beer in Oakwood, GA, very much appreciates your business, we want you to drink responsibly. Here are some guidelines to make sure you’re doing just that.

Moderate Drinking

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women, and 2 drinks per day for men. Whereas a “drink” is considered to be 14 grams of pure alcohol which translates into one 12 oz beer, one 4.5 fl oz table wine, or one 1.5 oz shot of distilled spirits. If you stay within this range, you should be okay. However, remember it’s not uncommon for a restaurant (or a friend) to give you servings greater than these portions. It’s not like Health and Human Services checks up on bar portions, so it’s up to you to take the sizes of the drinks into account.

Binge Drinking

You’re going to want to avoid this. Binge drinking is defined by the NIAAA (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) as 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men over the space of 2 hours. The long-term effects of habitual binge drinking include brain damage, liver disease, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and infertility. So… don’t go there.

On the Other Hand

Moderate drinking – strictly keeping to the standards above – may offer some health benefits. Studies have shown that moderate drinking can reduce your risk of developing and dying from heart disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and even reduce the risk of diabetes.

So, the news isn’t all bad. In fact, if you’re drinking in moderation the news is pretty good. The next time you pick up some craft beer in Oakwood, GA, don’t finish it all in one night. It’s the healthy choice.


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