Located somewhere between the craggy cliffs of Raging Alcoholism and the tranquil (if a tad repressed) planes of Stone-Cold Sobriety roll the pleasantly sloping hills of Moderate Booze-Consumption. It's a nice, pleasantly buzzed place to visit – but getting there can be a little tricky. What does it really mean, after all, to drink in moderation?
Presently (note I say presently, because we can all be sure the guidelines will change again) this is what we are told is safe, healthful consumption of alcohol:
The Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services: 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: men should not exceed 4 drinks per day or a total of 14 per week and women should not to exceed 3 drinks a day or a total of 7 per week.
American Heart Association:men should not exceed 2 units/day and women should not to exceed 1 unit/day.
These are just the American guidelines, the range in global opinion on the matter is staggering.
Read the rest over at Forbes.