5 Signs You Might Need to Wind Down Your Wine Intake

Knowing when it is time to address your wine intake can be an uncomfortable and awkward experience. Annie Grace shares 5 Signs You Might Need to Wind Down Your Wine Intake with the Elephant Journal.

When we picture someone who needs to cut back or stop drinking, a certain image comes to mind.

Seldom does that image scream high-powered professional, stay-at-home mom, or average person just like you or me.

What we envision is an almost sinister image. Someone passed out at the bar, pulled over and in handcuffs, or surrounded by empty bottles and broken dreams. We never think that it will be someone sitting on their back porch with a wine glass in their hand.

Knowing if your routine drinking might be an issue can be a challenge. There is an abundance of conflicting information out there. How can we know who to listen to and what choices truly are best for us when it comes to our relationships with alcohol?

Here are five signs you might need to wind down your wine intake:

1. You’re drinking more than the recommended daily (or weekly) amount.

Most of us think that our drinking is moderate. We’re convinced that it falls well within the normal limits except for the few times a year we might overdo it. But, do you know what the recommended limits really are?

Here in the United States, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults of legal drinking age choose not to drink, or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to two drinks or less in a day for men or one drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed. In a week, that would be a maximum of 14 drinks for men and seven for women.

What equals a standard drink? Twelve ounces of 5% ABV beer, eight ounces of 7% ABV malt liquor, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits like vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum, and five ounces of 12% ABV wine all equal one standard drink. For reference, most standard wine bottles contain five standard drinks.

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