Many people in suburban Cook County drink alcohol at least rarely. For many people, rare to moderate drinking is probably safe. How can you tell if you are drinking moderately? Moderate drinking is considered as one drink a day for women or anyone over 65, and two drinks a day for men under 65.

Some people should not drink at all, including people who abuse alcohol, children, pregnant women, people on certain medicines like such as antibiotics. Please talk to your doctor about your prescription medicine and alcohol if you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink.

Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Binge drinking - drinking five or more drinks at one time - can damage your health and increase your risk for accidents, injuries and assault. Years of heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, heart disease, cancer and disease of the pancreas. It can also affect your performance at work and your relationships at home.

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Source: NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism