All you need to know about moderate drinking

: It turns out that there is a difference between men and women when it comes to the maximum recommended limit of alcohol consumption. To drink safely and enjoy your night out – stick to the 2-3-4-0 formula

In Israel, selling or serving alcohol is allowed to adults from the age of 18 and above, not a day earlier.

How to calculate how much you can drink?

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Calculating the amount of alcohol you may consume is based on the ABV (percentage of Alcohol By Volume) in your drink and on the glass size. A serving of alcohol contains 10 grams of ethanol– an amount present in a chaser of vodka, arak or whisky. The recommended consumption limit is 2 servings for women and 3 servings for men.

Men and women – know your limits

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When it comes to alcohol, the difference between men and women has to do with physiological peculiarities. If a man and a woman of similar weight drink the same amount of alcohol, the effect on the woman would be stronger and longer due to the fact that female body processes the alcohol slower. The female body contains less water and a lower quantity of the ADH enzime, which helps break down alcohol.

The 2-3-4-0 Formula

The following formula is not a magic recipe. However, it will help you remember the recommended alcohol limits: 2 servings for women and 3 servings for men per night out. Once in a while, on special occasions, it’s ok to drink 4 servings (drinking over 5 servings is not recommended and is considered excessive or binge drinking), and 0 – It is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol at least one day a week.  Moreover, if you belong to any of the following groups you should abstain from drinking alcohol:

  • If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you’re under the legal drinking age, i.e. under 18 years old
  • Before driving or operating machinery
  • When using medication without consulting a physician
  • If you have a history of alcohol addiction

 

Why excessive drinking is so dangerous?

The dangers of excessive drinking include the chances of cancer development, chronic liver inflammation, increased blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, depression, miscarriages and injuries.

Studies have shown that moderate drinking is beneficial to heart health and reduces the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, atherosclerosis, strokes, gallstone formation, etc. Moderate drinking enhances the immune system, reduces “bad” cholesterol and raises “good” cholesterol. However, it is recommended to avoid drinking, rather than drink excessively.

Drink moderately, Drink responsibly.