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).

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