Drink Equivalents and Counseling Patients on Alcohol Consumption

Supported by an educational grant from: The Beer Institute

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The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) indicate that moderate alcohol consumption can be incorporated into the calorie limits of most healthy eating patterns.  Over the course of a week, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 7 drinks for women (1 drink/d) and no more than 14-drinks for men (2 drinks/d), according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  The updated DGA have changed the conversation on alcoholic drink serving sizes to drink equivalents.

The first presentation in this webinar will inform clinicians, nutrition scientists and policy makers on the changing policy on alcohol consumption. A second presentation will discuss how to approach sensitive topics, such as alcohol consumption, with patients and how to accurately assess alcohol consumption for counseling on potential harm or benefit.


University of Southern California
USC School of Pharmacy, International Center for Regulatory Science


Drink-Equivalents and Health Policy

Kellie O. Casavale, PhD, RD
Nutrition Advisor, Division of Prevention Science
HHS, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Aaron White, PhD
Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health

Counseling Patients About Alcohol Consumption

Paul Nagy, LPC, LCAS, CCS
Assistant Professor
Duke University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Social and Community Psychiatry

Patient Education Handout
What do I need to know about alcohol?