GUIDELINES FOR SAFE DRINKING


The current guidelines say that safe drinking is:

FEMALES

Two to three units of alcohol per day
► a medium (175ml) glass of wine
► a pint of cider
► 2 or 3 glasses of 25ml measures of spirits
► 2 bottles (275ml) of alcopops
► a pint of beer
   

MALES

Three to four units per day
► a pint and a half of beer
► a large (250ml) glass of wine
► a pint and a half of cider
► 3 or 4 glasses of 25ml measures of spirits
► 3 bottles (275ml) of alcopops

Both males and females should have at least one drink-free day a week. When drinking at home, people are almost always more generous, so itís a good idea to get into the habit of using a spirit measure.

Staying within the Ďsafeí limits does not mean that a person is capable of driving a motor vehicle. When driving, it is best not to drink at all.

If I don't feel drunk, I don't have a problem - do I?
Alcohol tolerance can lead someone with a dangerously high consumption to be falsely reassured that as long as they donít feel drunk, they will be fine.  The reverse is true. Needing a lot of alcohol to get drunk proves that you are already drinking too much, too often. Alcohol tolerance can be compared to a lack of the ability to feel pain. If you didn't feel pain, you wouldn't immediately remove your hand from a hot stove and notice it was burnt until it was too late.

If you have developed a tolerance for alcohol, you can no longer trust your body's signals to tell you when you've had too much. Instead, you will have to keep count of drinks to know when you've drunk too much.