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Alcohol can take a serious toll on your health – in both the short-term and the long-term.

What Counts as “One Drink”?

In the U.S., a standard alcoholic drink contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer (about 5% alcohol)
  • 5 ounces of wine (about 12% alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits (about 40% alcohol)

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  • Short-Term Effects

    Short-Term Effects

    From reduced inhibitions to slurred speech and memory problems, see how alcohol immediately affects the body.

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  • Effects on the Body

    Long-Term Effects

    Alcohol can cause changes to the brain and damage to organs including the heart, liver, and pancreas.

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  • Drinking Levels Defined

    Mixing with Medicine

    Medicines you may never have suspected—including OTC and herbal drugs—can react dangerously with alcohol.

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