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 Subject: Drinking safely Category: Health Asked by: jashnimal-ga List Price: \$16.00 Posted: 26 Aug 2003 15:14 PDT Expires: 25 Sep 2003 15:14 PDT Question ID: 249032
 ```I am not sure if there is such a thing and i will know many people will say that drinking is alwas bad. I want to know how much is it safe for someone to drink without effecting is health, i am intrested in the rang of 18-25 yeras. I would like something like this: 18-20 3 beers a day, 3 days a week 20-25 3-10 beers a day 2 days a week and so on. I need numbers witch is easy to releate to.```
 Subject: Re: Drinking safely Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 26 Aug 2003 18:56 PDT Rated:
 ```Hello again Jashnimal, I located a number of guidelines regarding the amount of alcohol you consume relating to health risks. All the information that I was able to locate was organized by gender not by age. Please note that there’s no amount of alcohol consumption that is absolutely safe for all people, or any person, under all circumstances. ================================== From Consumer Education: Alcohol can be measured in units. The basic measurements are: 1 Unit = half a pint of ordinary strength beer or lager, 1 Unit = a small glass of wine 1 Unit = a pub measure of spirit. But all beers, wines and spirits have different strengths, for example: Strong beer or lager 4.6 - 6.0% = 1 pint = 4 units Ordinary beer and lager 3.0% = 1 pint = 2 units Spirits 38% Single measure 1 unit Table wine 11% 1 GLASS 1 unit So how much can we safely drink: === MEN === 4 or more units of alcohol a day –> health risk “If you regularly drink 4 or more units a day there is an increasing risk to your health. If you drink between 3 and 4 units a day or less there are no significant risks to your health.” ===== Women ===== 3 or more units of alcohol a day –> health risk “If you regularly drink 3 or more units a day there is an increasing risk to your health. If you drink between 2 and 3 units a day or less there are no significant risks to your health.” Source: Consumer Education http://www.consumereducation.org.uk/health/english/harmful/03.htm ================================== The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)provides the following definitions: === Men === Low risk drinking = 4 four standard drinks a day with at least two alcohol free days a week. Hazardous drinking = 6 standard drinks a day ===== Women ===== Low risk drinking = 2 standard drinks a day with at least two alcohol free days a week. Hazardous drinking = 4 standard drinks a day ---------------------------------------------------- Scale of Risk ---------------------------------------------------- Standard Drink/ Per Day ---------------------------------------------------- Scale of Risk Low Hazardous Harmful Female 2 4 anything over 4 Male 4 6 anything over 6 ---------------------------------------------------- Note: “A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.” Here are the equivalents for one standard drink. Beer Light Strength 2-2.9% = 425ml Beer Mid Strength Strength 3-3.9% = 375ml Beer Heavy Strength 4-5% = 285 Table Wine Strength 12% = 60ml or 1 small glass Fortified Wine Strength 20.5% = 60ml or 1 liqueur glass Spirits Strength 40% = 30ml Author: Pat Ritter http://www.patritter.com.au/DrugDetails.asp?DrugName=Alcohol ================================== From Beer and Health: “The safe limit for harmful health effects from beer consumption is estimated at 25 glasses per week for men, rather less for women. The expression “a glass of beer” here means an ordinary 250 ml glass of lager. Alcohol kills the brain cells and disrupts the mutual connections between the cells. Moderate drinkers will have fewer problems: we have some tens of thousands of millions of brain cells, so we’re not going to miss a couple of hundred. If, however, you drink more and over many years, then there’s a higher risk of brain damage, such as loss of memory and slower thinking. Some slight recovery of the mental functions is possible if you stop drinking. Drinking about 20 glasses of beer over two of the three days, and an average daily consumption of 5 glasses of beer takes you a fair distance past the safe limit. Research has in any case shown that it’s better for your health to spread alcohol consumption over the whole week than to drink the same amount over the weekend.” Source: Beer and Health http://www.bierengezondheid.be/index_eng.jsp?Page=Doc755&Doc=forum ================================== “According to experts, anyone who regularly drinks more than 3 or 4 units of alcohol a day is placing an increased risk to her health.” “Current alcohol recommendations in the UK are up to 4 units a day for men and up to 3 units per day for women, regardless of body weight. One unit contains 8g or 10ml of alcohol and is equivalent to: - 1/2 pint ordinary beer, lager or cider - 1 single measure of spirits - 1 small glass of wine Source: iVillage http://www.ivillage.co.uk/dietandfitness/nutrition/dailyreqs/articles/0,,252_173900-1,00.html ================================== Here is an excellent test: If you consume alcoholic beverages, it's important to know whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. This site can help you find out. You can assess your own drinking and learn about alcohol and health issues. http://www.alcoholscreening.org/index.asp Alcohol Screening Questions “Answering these twelve questions will take only a few minutes, and will generate personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns. Your responses are completely confidential and anonymous.” Take the test here: http://www.alcoholscreening.org/screening/index.asp ================================== Search Criteria: Alcohol and your health Chart alcohol health risks Beer consumption +health I hope this helps. If a link does not function, please let me know and I’ll be glad to offer further assistance. Best Regards, Bobbie7-ga```
 jashnimal-ga rated this answer: `Another great answer by bobbie7. This researcher is truly a great one.`

 ```I'm pretty suprised by those recommendations. The American Medical Association recommendation leans more toward 1-2 drinks per day. (http://www.medem.com/MedLB/article_detaillb.cfm?article_ID=ZZZ3BQSD4AC&sub_cat=465). It is also important to consider multiple factors such as the individuals weight, how quickly the drinks are being consumed, etc. In addition to direct health problems, addiction should be considered. If someone has a predisposition toward alcoholism 4 drinks a day may be a bad idea.```
 ```Most countries define moderate drinking at much higher levels than does the U.S. A description of the U.S. standard can be found at "Alcohol and Health" (http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol-info/AlcoholAndHealth.html#what).```