How much you re­ally drink.

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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.’

Rec­om­men­da­tion: mod­er­a­tion!

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