Alcohol – Safe Consumption

Safe consumption of alcohol

What is safe consumption of alcohol?

Safe consumption of alcohol involves:-

  • Two alcohol free days a week
  • MEN – No more than 4 standard drinks a day on average, no more than 6 standard drinks on any one day.
  • WOMEN – No more than 2 standard drinks a day on average, no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.

A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.
Examples of a standard drink:-

  • Wine Small glass (100 mLs). A bottle contains 7 to 8 standard drinks
  • Beer full strength (5%)
    Two thirds of a stubby (250 mLs)
  • Beer mid-strength (3.5%)
    One stubby (375 mLs)
  • Spirits (eg. whisky, rum, vodka, brandy)
    One nip (30 mLs)
  • Fortified wines (eg. port, sherry)
    Small glass (60 mLs)

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When should alcohol be avoided?

During pregnancy, alcohol should be avoided, especially during the first three months when the vital organs of the foetus are developing. Later in pregnancy it is advisable to have no more than one standard drink every day with a meal. While breastfeeding, do not exceed the pregnancy recommendations.

Many medications may interact with alcohol, check with your pharmacist, doctor or check the information leaflet with the medication. Alcohol may affect the medication making it more or less effective, or the effect of alcohol may be altered by the medication.

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