Moderate drinking is probably best defined as the level of drinking that poses a low risk of alcohol-related problems, both for the drinker and for others. It is difficult to give a quantitative definition of moderate drinking because alcohol can have different effects on different individuals depending on age, size, sex and health. It also relates to when and how you consume alcohol as both the speed of consumption and drinking with food will affect the absorption of alcohol.
Although men and women are unequal when it comes to the effects of alcohol, that's not true of alcohol beverages themselves. Standard drinks of beer, wine or distilled spirits all contain equivalent amounts of alcohol... they're all the same to a breathalyzer.
There are a number of things both men and women can do to avoid problems with alcohol ,For example:
-Know your limit. If you're not sure, experiment at home with your spouse or some other consume one drink per hour without any ill effects. Also, experiment with the Drink Wheel, which is very informative.
-Eat food while you drink. Food, especially high protein food such as meat, cheese and peanuts, will help slow the absorption of alcohol into your body.
-Sip your drinks. If you gulp, you also lose the pleasure of their flavors and aromas.
-Don't participate in "chugging" contests or other drinking games.
-Accept a drink only when you really want one. If someone tries to force a drink on you, ask for a non-alcohol beverage instead. If that doesn't work, "lose" your drink by setting it down someplace and leaving it.
-Skip a drink now and then or alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks. Having non- alcohol drinks will help -keep your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) down, as does spacing your alcohol drinks.
-Keep active; don't just sit around and drink. If you stay active you tend to drink less and be to be more aware of any effects alcohol may be having on you.
-Beware of unfamiliar drinks. Some drinks such, as zombies and other fruit drinks, can
-be deceiving as the alcohol content is not easily detectable. Therefore, it is difficult to space them properly.
-Use alcohol carefully in connection with pharmaceuticals. Ask your physician or pharmacist about any precautions or prohibitions and follow any advice received.
The good news is that, contrary to common myth, alcohol is not fattening and research has demonstrated that for many women, drinking leads to slight weight loss