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Eat, Drink and be Merry Responsibly This Holiday Season

Brittany Twiss, Program Assistant, NDSU Extension Service

Alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine and spirits, have been used in holiday celebrations throughout history, and that trend continues today.

For some, a single drink may add that spark of cheer to a social gathering, but the key to any alcohol consumption always will be moderation.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 advises limiting alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

If you do choose to drink alcoholic beverages, always do so responsibly. Keep in mind, even a single drink will affect your reflexes for several hours. Keep your holidays merry for everyone by designating a driver who won't be drinking. See the two alcohol-free beverage recipes included with this newsletter.

Hungry for more recipes? Visit to learn more about “The Family Table,” an initiative from the North Dakota State University Extension Service, so you can eat, connect and stay safe at the family table. Follow the program on Facebook for more tips, meal plans and ideas for getting conversations going during family meals.

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