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What are the drinking guidelines for women?

For most women, guidelines for drinking suggest consumption of no more than one standard drink per day. A standard drink contains about 14 grams of alcohol (0.6 fluid ounces or 1.2 tablespoons), which is equivalent to one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler; 8 to 9 ounces of malt liquor; one 5-ounce glass of wine; or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Keep in mind that the alcohol content of different types of beer, wine and distilled spirits can vary quite substantially.

This is intended to measure the amount consumed on a single day and does not represent an average over several days. In other words, if a woman doesn't drink all week and then has seven drinks on Saturday, it's not the same as having one drink a day.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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