Yes, alcohol always poses some risks, but experts offer this advice for keeping your intake within reasonable bounds.
Never drink on an empty stomach. Eat before you hit the bar to slow the rate at which the alcohol passes into your bloodstream.
Water down mixed drinks with ice, and avoid shots--they’re almost impossible to nurse.
Try alternating water, soda or juice with alcoholic drinks to slow yourself down (leave the vodka out of the seabreeze next round).
If you plan to have more than one, nurse each 12-ounce beer, 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor in a cocktail for an hour.
For lowest risk, try to keep your intake to no more than two drinks in one day and no more than seven over the course of a week.
SOURCES: MARY VLAIRE O’BRIEN, MD; NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM; SCOTT T. WALTERS, PHD