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Saturday, January 12, 2013

January Blues: Cutting down on the wine and alcohol

After spending a month of Christmas festivities with wine nearly every day, its time to cut down the alcohol to a normal amount each week.  Many clients say its hard to go back.  One lovely young client even asked me today which is less calorie, wine or milk.  Interesting: wine is about 90 kcal for 4 oz (1/2 cup or 125 mls). Milk 1% is about 100 kcal for 8 oz (1 cup or 250 mls). Enjoy a glass of milk with your meal or try mixing a 1/2 cup of juice (100% pure juice) with soda water and ice for a refreshing drink.

How much alcohol is OK.

Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines from Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse 

Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:

  • 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days
  • 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days
Keep in mind if you are drinking this much every week you are likely gaining weight from empty calories.
Butt, P., Beirness, D., Gliksman, L., Paradis, C., & Stockwell, T. (2011). Alcohol and health in Canada: A summary of evidence and guidelines for low-risk drinking. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

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