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What Is a Safe Level of Drinking?

Last updated: Monday, 10, August 2020

It is known that most people drink. But when does drinking become a problem, when do you consider that you had too much? There is something called the safe level of drinking. This is the limit that represents the amount of alcohol someone can drink without having problems or getting drunk. But what is that limit? Well, most adults can consume moderate amounts of alcohol, meaning up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and people that are older, without developing alcohol-related problems. Just to be clear on this thing, one drink represents one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 3 ounce glass of wine per 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. These are general levels because everyone's body reacts a bit differently from alcohol consumption. Some people get sick after just one drink or two; some have a tolerance to alcohol, and so on. However, basically, these are the limits in which alcohol consumption is alright, and it won't damage the body, won't affect the behavior or bodily functions. Furthermore, under these limits, no person should feel sick, except when they don't drink at all and their body isn't used to alcohol. In this case, the best thing is to keep in that way and don't start drinking.

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Although this safe level is established for every adult, there are some people that shouldn't be drinking at all. Among these people, there are pregnant women or those who are trying to get pregnant, drivers or other people that need to do activities that require alertness and skills, people on certain medications, over-the-counter or prescription, people with some medical conditions that forbid them to drink any alcohol, recovering alcoholics and people under 21 years old. For these people, the safe level is no alcohol consumption.



Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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