Guidelines For Safe Drinking

ID-10040367Sometimes, physicians (doctors) are asked by their patients as well as their friends, about guidelines for safe drinking. Several physician organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations working on alcohol related problems and experts on alcoholism have put forward guidelines about safe drinking of alcohol. However, the different guidelines forwarded by different agencies are different and they are not uniform.

If you are trying to find out the safe limit of drinking alcohol or guideline for safe drinking (of alcohol and alcoholic beverages), just keep on reading this article. If you read this article carefully and follow it, you may not need to consult your physician (if you have any question not answered in this article, do not hesitate to consult your physician) for knowing how to drink safe.

The following is the guideline for safe drinking:

  • On an average one to two drink, a day is considered safe. If fact, there are evidences that drinking 1 or 2 drinks a day is good for health, especially heart health.
  • Never drink more than 3 drinks on any occasion in a day. If you have more than one occasion a day, limit it to three drinks maximum in a day. Because, consumption of more than 3 drinks a day is associated with documented adverse health problems. 
  • It is also important to remember that, the amount safe for one person may not be safe for you. For example, women can tolerate less than men can, when it comes to drinking alcohol (considering the body weight of a man and a woman is same). Safe limits of alcohol drinking is lower in case of women, because of slower metabolism of alcohol in liver and there is also higher bioavailability in women. Hence, if you are a woman, always remember to drink less than your male counterparts do. Women’s liver can digest less alcohol than man’s liver can.
  • Do not drive or engage in activity that requires attention (such as operating heavy machinery requiring constant attention) after drinking.
  • Do not drink alcohol if your doctor has advised you not to drink alcohol, because of prescribing of a drug that may interact with alcohol, such as metronidazole.
  • If you have any contraindications of alcohol drinking, you should not drink.
  • It is better not to mix different types of alcohol while drinking, especially if you drink excess alcohol.

One drink is = 50 ml of spirits = 150 ml of wine = 400 ml of malted liquors such as beer. One drink of alcoholic beverage (any type) has approximately 16 grams of alcohol in it. If one drink of alcohol is taken on empty stomach, it produces peak blood alcohol level of approximately 30 mg/ dl (dl means deciliter or 100 ml) within an hour.

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