What constitutes moderate drinking? Coffee okay?

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Question from JJR: I'm interested in knowing what constitutes moderate drinking for women? I've seen conflicting reports ranging from 1 glass of wine a day to 3-4 drinks per week. Can you also comment on whether coffee is bad? I have been told by a naturopath that the coffee bean promotes breast cell growth.
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. For wine, the recommendation that I have seen consistently for women is that one 4-5 ounce glass per day is considered moderate drinking. For coffee, the study that I always go back to review comes from Sweden, and shows absolutely no connection between coffee intake and breast cancer incidence. Sweden has the highest consumption of coffee in the world, so that is the population with the highest consumption and no increase across the board in breast cancer incidence.
Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. I'm exceedingly glad to hear that! With two small children, there's no way I'd make it through the morning without coffee!

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