When it comes to alcohol, moderation is the key. You've probably heard in the media that “moderate” alcohol consumption may provide certain health benefits, such as reducing your risk of heart disease -- but is this really true? Well, the evidence isn’t crystal clear and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks. Alcohol is also consistently linked to weight gain and provides “empty” calories with no nutritional value. The latest dietary guidelines make it clear that no one should begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits. If you do drink, keep it moderate with one drink a day for women and two for men.
Examples of one drink include:
● Beer: 12 oz.
● Wine: 5 oz.
● Distilled spirits: 1.5 oz.
Moderate alcohol drinking may be okay for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are not on dialysis. However, it’s best to first check with your doctor or dietitian to find out if alcohol is safe for you. If you’re able to drink alcohol safely, your healthcare team will advise you on the types and amounts that are right for you.
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