Drinking a glass of wine after work every day could be a problem - or it could be fine.
A standard drink contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
Lest stories of today's wicked ways get out of hand, two years ago the BBC had an interesting take on the Puritans, widely perceived as America's original teetotalers.
They were not.
In 1790, Americans commonly drank at breakfast, lunch and dinner, consuming 5.8 gallons of pure alcohol per year – the equivalent of 742 drinks per year, or 24 drinks a week, according to the BBC. That figure peaked at 7.1 gallons a year in the 1830s, the BBC said, or just more than 29 drinks per week.
That was the average, remember. And it was probably detrimental to their health.
"Binge drinking, especially repeatedly, can also tax the liver," assistant professor Natalie Johnson said, "and the short-term effects of intoxication have been associated with many health problems, including alcohol poisoning and injuries both unintentional, such as car crashes or falls – and intentional, such as violent crimes or sexual violence."
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It’s difficult to know when the liver is being damaged. It does not have pain receptors, so that phrase “my liver is crying out” is just a figure of speech. Jaundice – yellowing of the skin or eyes – is a ready sign. So is liver failure, obviously. Anyone wondering about liver problems should have a liver function test, according to A&M researchers.