What are the drinking guidelines for women?

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According to the CDC and Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended for women to limit alcohol intake to one drink per day. This means one 12-oz glass of beer, one 5-oz glass of wine or one 1.5-oz shot of hard liquor per day.

The U.S. guideline for moderate drinking by women is to have no more than one drink a day. Canadian guidelines are similar, recommending no more than nine drinks a week for women.

It is not wise to drink in these situations:

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Before you drive or perform tasks that pose a risk to the safety of yourself or others
  • If you are taking medication that reacts negatively with alcohol
  • If you have medical problems that are likely to get worse if you drink alcohol
  • If you have problems with addiction
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