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How can women reduce risk of injury or illness from drinking alcohol?

To reduce your risk of injury or illness caused by drinking alcohol:

  • Don't binge drink.
  • If you do choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. This is defined as up to one drink a day for women or two for men.
  • Don’t drink at all if you are under age 21, pregnant or may be pregnant, or have health problems that could be made worse by drinking.
  • Be cautious about consuming drinks if the alcohol content is unknown to you.
  • Don’t begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits.

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