What are the low-risk alcohol guidelines?

What are the low-risk alcohol guidelines?

When considering these guidelines, it is important to remember that drinks should be spaced out over the week and should never be saved up to drink on one occassion. The Department of Health/HSE recommends that you aim for at least two alcohol-free days each week and are intended for adults only. The guidelines are:

  • 11 standard drinks (110g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for women, with at least two alcohol-free days
  • 17 standard drinks (170g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for men, with at least two alcohol-free days

How much and how often you drink can affect how alcohol can impact your health and wellbeing, both now and in the future. Regularly drinking above the guidelines can cause severe short and long-term damage. This is why it's so important to get the facts you need to make informed choices about your own drinking.

Use our calculator to find out if you are following the guidelines

Binge drinking - six or more standard drinks in one sitting - can significantly increase your risk of developing physical health issues including liver disease, cancers and high blood pressure. Remember, alcohol is a depressant and can have serious negative effects on your mental health.

Staying within the low-risk guidelines is recommended 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 simple tips that may help you cut down; why not try some out?

Find out more about how alcohol affects you »

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