How much you really drink.
Why it’s key: For women with certain risk factors, even one drink a day could up the chances of breast cancer. Also, if your lab results reveal elevated liver enzymes and your doctor doesn’t know you drink, she may chalk up your issues to the wrong causes, which could lead to unnecessary tests or treatment. And, of course, alcohol doesn’t mix with many meds. ‘Even one or two glasses a night could interact with medication, depending on your underlying health, your age and other variables,’ says Phillips, author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough (Rodale Books). How to spit it out: Doctors are taught in medical school to double or even triple the amount a patient claims to drink if they suspect a problem, says Goldberg, who wrote Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide To Women’s Health (Ballantine Books), so be detailed in your answer to convey your forthrightness. Say something like, ‘I wish I could tell you I have just one drink per night, but it’s more like three after a hard day.’ If you’re truly a sipper, try ‘I have a glass of wine with dinner, and sometimes I have two – but rarely more than that.’