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Although everyone is different, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, recommends that people over age 65 should have no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three drinks on any one day. Do you have a health problem? Are you taking certain medicines? You may need to drink less or not drink at all. Talk with your doctor.

One drink is equal to one of the following:

-One 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer, ale, or wine cooler
-One 8- or 9-ounce can or bottle of malt liquor
-One 5-ounce glass of red or white wine
-One 1.5-ounce shot glass of hard liquor (spirits) like gin, vodka,


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