Alcohol & Your Health

Drinking is a personal choice. If you choose to drink, these guidelines and safe-drinking tips can help you decide when, where, why and how.

Drinking guidelines

Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:
  • 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days
  • 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days
 
Plan non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a habit.
 
A drink means:
  • 341 ml (12 oz.) bottle of 5% alcohol content (beer, cider or cooler)
  • 142 ml (5 oz.) glass of wine with 12% alcohol content
  • 43 ml (1.5 oz.) serving of 40% distilled alcohol content (rye, gin, rum, etc.)
 

Special occasions

Reduce your risk of injury and harm by drinking no more than 3 drinks (for women) and 4 drinks (for men) on any single occasion.
 
Plan to drink in a safe environment. Stay within the weekly limits.

 
 

When zero’s the limit

Do not drink when you are:
  • Driving a vehicle or using machinery and tools
  • Taking medicine or other drugs that interact with alcohol
  • Doing any kind of dangerous physical activity
  • Living with mental or physical health problems
  • Living with alcohol dependence
  • Pregnant or planning to be pregnant
  • Responsible for the safety of others
  • Making important decisions

 
 

Pregnant? Zero is safest

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or about to breastfeed, the safest choice is to drink no alcohol at all.

 
 

Delay your drinking

Alcohol can harm the way the body and brain develop. Teens should speak with their parents about drinking. If they choose to drink, they should do so under parental guidance; never more than 1–2 drinks at a time, and never more than 1–2 times per week. They should plan ahead, follow local alcohol laws and drink safely.
 
Youth in their late teens to age 24 years should never exceed the daily and weekly limits outlined in Drinking guidelines:  10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days ;  15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days.

 
 

Safer Drinking Tips

  • Set limits for yourself and abide by them.
  • Drink slowly. Have no more than 2 drinks in any 3 hours.
  • For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
  • Eat before and while you are drinking.
  • Always consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.
  • While drinking may provide health benefits for certain groups of people, do not start to drink, or increase your drinking, for health benefits.

 
 

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