In moderation, drinking can be a healthful activity [Harvard
School of Public Health], but it can also be a source of considerable
harm. The "dose" of alcohol (grams per drink) in various alcohol beverages is described here. Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the
United States, after tobacco and diet/inactivity [PubMed].
The reduction of alcohol-related
harm in San Francisco is an important objective for the realizaton of
the Department of Public Health's Strategic Prevention Plan, which looks
at the social determinants of health. As the sociologist Troy Duster
once observed, "alcohol is to society as dye or stain is to microscopy."
The burden of disease and injury
that can be attributed to alcohol use in San Francisco was estimated
in a 2010