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By the way, doctor: Am I drinking too much?

Q. How much alcohol is in a drink? I drink at least two jiggers (three ounces) of gin most days, and lately, I've been drinking three. Is that too much? I understand that women are more easily affected by alcohol than men.

A. I think it's too much. In the United States, a drink is often defined as half an ounce of alcohol. So you're having the equivalent of three drinks most days (see chart).

Though there's still some controversy, most experts agree that for the average woman, a drink a day is healthier than none. On the other hand, there's fairly wide agreement that two or more drinks begin to have unhealthy effects. So your daily alcohol intake is much higher than what's generally regarded as healthy.

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