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Limit Alcohol Intake

alcoholic beverages

Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure. It also can harm the liver, brain, and heart. Alcoholic drinks also contain calories, which matter if you are trying to lose weight. If you drink alcoholic beverages, have only a moderate amount — one drink a day for women; two drinks a day for men.

What counts as a drink?

 12 ounces of beer (regular or light, 150 calories), or
 5 ounces of wine (100 calories), or
 1 one-half ounces of 80-proof whiskey (100 calories).

 Quiz on drinking alcohol

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