Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Health Benefits of Beer

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 03:36 PM


Question: I keep reading about the benefits of red wine, but my problem is that I don’t really like red wine. I prefer having one or two beers each night. Would I be better served switching to red wine?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
The CDC defines a standard drink to be any drink that contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey). The Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in January report that excessive alcohol consumption has no benefits, and if people do choose to drink, they should do so in moderation – up to one drink per day for a woman and up to two drinks per day for men. So, if you are male, you should be fine with two beers a night per day.



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