Less than 3% of Irish adults can correctly identify the HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption and we underestimate how much we drink by over 60%. However, it is important to keep track of how much you drink to make sure you don’t exceed the guidelines and ultimately, protect your health and wellbeing.
Drinks should be spaced out over the week and should never be saved up to drink on one occasion. These guidelines are intended for adults only; there is no safe level of alcohol intake for those below the legal drinking age of 18 years.
How much and how often you drink can affect how alcohol impacts your health and wellbeing. Binge drinking is when you drink six or more standard drinks in one sitting (for example, three pints of 4.5% beer). Regularly drinking alcohol at this level can increase your risk of experiencing alcohol-related harms, such as:
Staying within the low-risk guidelines is strongly advised to reduce these risks. If you, or someone you know, regularly drinks more than the guidelines, you should consider reducing how much alcohol you consume. Here are some quick and easy tips that may help you to drink less.