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Consuming More than One Drink a Day
Vice-O-Meter: 6

The Harm:
It's true that a daily dose of booze can do a body good. But alcohol, of course, is a poison as well as a tonic, and after one serving (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor), the cons can start to outweigh the pros. Drinking is linked to a number of cancers, as well as heart and liver damage.

The Cure:
Sip on your second- or third-choice beverage rather than your absolute favorite. This will make it easier to cut yourself off after one. If you're drinking wine, use a glass meant for white—they're usually smaller and can help you avoid overpouring.
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As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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