Alcohol is part of our culture.

It helps us celebrate and socialize, and it enhances our religious ceremonies.

But drinking too much-on a single occasion or over time-can have serious consequences for our health.

Effects on the brain

You're chatting with friends at a party and a waitress comes around with glasses of champagne.

You drink one, then another, maybe even a few more. Before you realize it, you are laughing more loudly than usual and swaying as you walk.

By the end of the evening, you are too slow to move out of the way of a waiter with a dessert tray and have trouble speaking clearly.

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Knowing how much alcohol constitutes a "standard" drink can help you determine how much you are drinking and understand the risks.

One standard drink contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol.

In more familiar terms, the following amounts constitute one standard drink:

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How to Cut Down

Why do you want to drink less?

There are many reasons why you may want to cut down or stop drinking.

You may want to improve your health, sleep better, or get along better with your family or friends. Make a list of the reasons you want to drink less.

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