This table details recommendations for alcohol consumption (drinking guidelines) issued by government bodies in all countries for which IARD has been able to verify the information with the respective national authorities or through publicly accessible documents. Generally, these recommendations apply to healthy adults. It is specified when other groups are the targets of the recommendations. Standard drinks are shown in grams of ethanol, or as described in the source document. Guidelines for women who may become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding are detailed separately in the table Drinking Guidelines: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
It is updated on an ongoing basis as government entities publish and revise their guidelines.
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International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD). (2019). Drinking guidelines: General population. Retrieved from https://iard.org/science-resources/detail/Drinking-Guidelines-General-Population
|Country/Territory||Source||Men||Women||Standard drink g||Other recommendations|
|Albania||Department of Public Health, Recommendations on Healthy Nutrition in Albania (2008)||up to 20 g/day||up to 20 g/day||10|
|Argentina||Ministry of Health, Dietary Guidelines for the Argentinian Population (2015)||2 drinks/day||1 drink/day||14
300-350 mL beer, 150 mL wine, or 45 mL spirit
|Consumption of alcohol beverages should be responsible. Children, adolescents and pregnant women should not consume them. Always avoid them when driving.
1. Responsible consumption in adults is at most, daily, two measures for men and one measure for women.
2. Consumption that is not responsible generates serious harms and risks to health.
|Armenia||Ministry of Health, Order 191 of 16 February 2010 Adult dietary guidelines||20 g/day||10 g/day||[none]||Do not use alcohol, if you are driving or doing work that requires focus, or you are taking medication.|
|Australia||National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol 2020||up to 100 g/week;
up to 40g on any one day
|up to 100 g/week;
up to 40g on any one day
|10||Healthy men and women: To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury for healthy men and women, drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day. The less you choose to drink, the lower your risk of alcohol-related harm. For some people not drinking at all is the safest option.
Children and young people: To reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and young people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol.
|Austria||Federal Ministry of Health and Women, Dialogue week on alcohol: How much is too much? (2019)||up to 24 g/day||up to 16 g/day||[none]||Low-risk drinking also includes abstaining in certain situations, such as during pregnancy, work, and driving, and when taking certain medications.
Problematic consumption (significantly increased health risk and risks for third parties, such as increased accident risk or involvement in situations of violence): from 60 g/day in men and from 40 g/day in women.
|Belarus||Ministry of Health Sanitray-Epidemiological Service, Beer alcoholism brochures||up to 40-60 g in one day||up to 40-60 g in one day||[none]||There is no such thing as a “safe dose”. For an adult, the daily dose should not exceed 40-60 g of pure alcohol (this is approximately 100-150 g of vodka). Anything above is very dangerous, as it threatens to become addictive (especially if there is a predisposition). For young people who are still developing, any dose is dangerous.
If a young person drinks 3-4 times per month, this is harmful use and very serious.
|Belgium||Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Take care of yourself: Alcohol (2016)||21 drinks per week||14 drinks per week||-||See also Superior Council of Health (SCH), Advisory Report 9438 Risks of alcohol consumption (May 2018)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Institute for Public Health, Guide on nutrition for the adult population (2004)||up to 20 g/day||up to 10 g/day||10||Drinking immoderate amounts of alcohol has harmful effects on health.
Men should drink no more than two drinks or 20 g of pure alcohol a day, while women can drink only one drink, and 10 g of pure alcohol. Pregnant women should refrain from drinking alcohol!
|Bulgaria||Ministry of Health, Harms from using cigarettes and nargile and from abusing alcohol (2020)||up to 220 g/week||up to 110 g/week||8
a small glass of wine or one glass of beer or 25 ml of spirits
|Alcohol consumption may vary from complete abstinence or low-volume consumption to excessive consumption, and the problems related to alcohol in the range of none to considerable and serious.
Risky alcohol consumption is defined as a level or mode of consumption that would lead to harm if the consumption habits are not changed. According to the amount of alcohol consumed in a week, it can be classified as:
|Canada||Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines (2018)
The CCSA is conducting a review of the guidelines in 2020-2022.
|15 drinks a week, with no more than 3 drinks a day
No more than 4 drinks on any single occasion
|10 drinks a week, with no more than 2 drinks a day
No more than 3 drinks on any single occasion
|13.5||These recommendations equate to up to 207 g/week or 41.4 g/day for men and 138 g/week or 27.6 g/day for women.
A standard drink is 341 ml 5% alcohol beer, cider or cooler; 142 ml 12% alcohol wine; 43 ml 40% distilled alcohol.
Teens should speak with their parents about drinking. If they choose to drink, they should do so under parental guidance; never more than 1–2 drinks at a time, and never more than 1–2 times per week. They should plan ahead, follow local alcohol laws and consider the Safer drinking tips listed.
|Chile||National Service for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Use (SENDA) Alcohol Consumption Patterns||14 g/day||14 g/day||14||Risky drinking: binge drinking, and any drinking in certain situations (for children, pregnant women or drivers).
Binge drinking: more than 5 drinks for men and 4 drinks for women on the same day.
|China||National Health and Family Planning Commission, Chinese Dietary Guidelines(2016)||25 g/day||15 g/day||[none]||Children and adolescents, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and those who drive or operate machinery, are allergic to alcohol or suffer from certain diseases, are recommended not to drink alcohol at all.|
|Chinese Taipei||Health Promotion Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare,
Eat smart: Healthy eating habits (2021, based on 2018 Dietary Index Handbook)
|20 g/day||10 g/day||10||Long-term excessive drinking can easily cause nutritional imbalance, damage the liver, and even cause cancer.|
|Croatia||Ministry of Health, Dietary guidelines for adults (2002)||20 g/day||10 g/day||10||Moderate drinking is one to two drinks a day, not more than 20 g of pure alcohol for men and 10 g for women.
A 2015 leaflet by Croatian National Institute of Public Health does not recommend specific limits as low-risk or moderate drinking, although it explains a standard drink contains 10 g of ethanol.
|Czechia||National Institute of Public Health, Overview of national guidelines for moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages: low-risk doses of ethanol (December 2015)||up to 24 g/day;
not to exceed 40 g on any one occasion
|up to 16 g/day;
not to exceed 40 g on any one occasion
|10||Two days without alcohol per week are recommended.
Keep in mind that in some situations even a single drink might be risky (for example when driving).
|Denmark||National Board of Health, Alcohol prevention guidelines (2018)
National Board of Health is reviewing the guidelines in 2021-2022
|low risk up to 168 g/week||low risk up to 84 g/week||12||No alcohol is safe for your health. Do not drink alcohol for the sake of your health.
If you are elderly, be especially careful with alcohol.
Children and young people under 16 should not drink alcohol. Young people between 16 and 18 years should drink as little as possible and stop before 5 drinks on the same occasion. Do not exceed 5 drinks (60g) on one occasion.
High risk consumption: from 252 g/week for men and 168 g/week for women.
|Estonia||Health Development Institute, Alkoinfo.ee webpage (2018)||up to 40 g/day;
up to 160 g/week
|up to 20 g/day;
up to 80 g/week
|10||Each week, there should be at least three full days free of alcohol.
There is no completely safe amount of alcohol. For example, cancer risk begins to increase at very low consumption. However, there is a low-risk range. Low-risk limit does not mean that it would be desirable to drink so much!
You should not drink alcohol at all if you are pregnant, breast-feeding a child, or planning to become pregnant; you have a certain diseases or are using certain medications (consult your doctor); you tried to control your drinking but it did not work; you are addicted to alcohol; you are driving a vehicle; you are going swimming.
|Fiji||Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Alcohol: Healthy you(2015)
National Food and Nutrition Center, Food and Health Guidelines for Fiji (2013)
|30 g/day or 150 g/week or 50 g on any single occasion
60 g/day or 210 g/week, with no more than 20g in the first hour and 10 g/hour after that
|20 g/day or 100 g/week or 40 g on any single occasion
40 g/day or 140 g/week, with no more than 10 g/hour
|10||At least two days without alcohol per week are recommended. You should not drink any alcohol when: pregnant or planning to become pregnant; on medication that interacts with alcohol; when you have a condition made worse by alcohol; you feel unwell, depressed, tired or cold; you are about to operate machinery or a vehicle or do anything that is risky or requires skill.
|Finland||National Institute for Health and Welfare, Factsheet: Alcohol health risks for healthy adults (2016)||20 g/day||10 g/day||12||The levels in the columns to the left are associated with "no likely risk".
Moderate risk: Men: Prolonged consumption of more than more than 168 g/week, Women: Prolonged consumption of more than 84 g/week.
High risk: Men: above 40 g/day or 276-278 g/week, Women: above 20 g/day 144-192 g/week.
Avoid binge drinking (5-6 drinks at once, Finnish Nutrition Recommendations)
For young people any level of alcohol consumption increases the risk of harm. The initiation of alcohol use should be postponed as long as possible.
The risks associated with alcohol use among the elderly occur at lower consumption levels than among other adults.
|France||Alcool-info-service (May 2017), based on Public Health France and National Cancer Institute, Expert opinion (May 2017) commissioned by the Interministerial Mission for Combating Drugs and Addictive Behaviors (MILDECA) and the Ministry of Health Directorate General of Health (DGS).||up to 20 g/day or 100 g/week||up to 20 g/day or 100 g/week||10||There is no alcohol consumption without risk, but only low-risk, medium-risk, and high-risk consumption. Knowing these different levels helps each person to make their decision. What is known is that the health risks related to alcohol consumption over the lifetime increase with the quantity consumed... There isn't a clear level of consumption that allows one to definitively health risks over their lifetime. Nonetheless, experts of Public Health France and the National Cancer Institute attempted to define acceptable risks and proposed a single value for both sexes, expressed in standard drinks.
Some days without alcohol each week are recommended, and on each occasion: reduce the total quantity consumed; drink slowly while eating and alternate with drinking water; avoid risky places and activities; ensure you are surrounded by people you trust and can return home safely.
In the following situations, it is safest not to drink alcohol at all: During childhood, adolescence, and while growing; If driving a vehicle; If practicing risky sports; If taking certain medications; In case of certain diseases.
|Georgia||Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Healthy eating – the main key to health 2005||20 g/day||10 g/day||10|
|Germany||Federal Center for Health Education, Know Your Limit||up to 24 g/day||up to 12 g/day||[none]||At least two days of abstinence from alcohol a week are recommended.|
|Grenada||Government of Grenada, Food-based Dietary Guidelines (2006)||up to 14 g/day and never 98 g or more at once||up to 14 g/day and never 98 g or more at once||14||Alcohol taken in moderation is defined as one drink a day such as: 5 oz of wine, or 12 oz beer, or 10 oz of wine cooler, or 1.5 oz of distilled liquor (rum, vodka, whiskey etc.)
Taking 7 drinks all at once, in one day would not be considered moderation.
Using wine, beer and other spirits sparingly will lower your risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, accidents, violence, obesity, fatty liver.
|Guyana||Ministry of Health, Food-based dietary guidelines for Guyana (2004)
Revised food-based dietary guidelines were published in 2018 - archiving pending.
|up to 8 g/day||up to 8 g/day||8||It is advisable not to drink alcohol, but for those who do, not more than one drink per day is recommended.|
|Hungary||Public Health Programme for a Healthy Nation, Dietary guidelines to the adult population in Hungary (2004)||2 drinks per day||1 drink per day||[none]||1 unit of alcohol: 2-3 dl beer, or 1-1.5 dl wine, or 2 cl of spirits.
It is wise to drink alcohol beverages at the time of meals, because alcohol will be then absorbed more slowly.
|Ireland||Health Service Executive, Weekly low-risk drinking guidelines (2019)||up to 170 g/week||up to 110 g/week||10||Drinks should be spread out over the week.
Have 2 to 3 alcohol-free days per week. Drink no more than 6 standard drinks on any one occasion.
The less you drink the lower the risk of developing alcohol-related health issues.
Sticking to the limit is not safe if you drink your weekly allowance in one session, or over a couple of nights.
Drinking like this is the most harmful way of drinking for your health. You’re also more likely to lose control, have accidents and take risks.
When it’s not safe to drink at all: if you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant; if you are on certain medications or have a condition made worse by drinking; before you operate machinery; before or while driving; before doing anything risky or that requires skill; before or during swimming
|Italy||National Center for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion, Alcohol: Do you know your drinks? The more you know, the lower the risk (2016)
Ministry of Health, Alcohol
|up to 24 g/day if aged 21-65
up to 12 g/day if aged 18-21 or above 65
|up to 12 g/day||12||The law prohibits the sale and supply of alcoholic beverages to those under the age of 18. There are situations where complete abstention from alcohol consumption is recommended: If taking medication, suffering from an acute or chronic disease, are addicted to alcohol or other substances, fasting or between meals, while on the job, or if you must drive a vehicle or operate machinery, if planning to become pregnant, pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming 72 g or more within 2-3 hours.
|Japan||Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Drinking guidelines (2018)||20 g/day; 10 g/day if aged 65 or above||10 g/day||10||Refrain from drinking alcohol on 2 days per week.
Do not drink large amounts of alcohol at once in order to avoid increased risk of accidents, injury, or progressing to dependence.
It is recommended that those who have a flushing reaction after drinking alcohol refrain from drinking, because this condition indicates slow alcohol decomposition and an increased risk of cancer from drinking.
Avoid drinking before swimming or exercising and when taking medications.
Do not drink alcohol during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as it may inhibit the development of the fetus and cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Alcohol also enters breastfeeding breast milk and inhibits infant development.
|Kazakhstan||Ministry of Health and National Centre for Problems of Healthy Lifestyle Development, Alcohol: Assess the situation and make a choice! (2016)||70-80 g/week||70-80 g/week||12;
330 mL beer, 120 mL wine, 40 mL spirit
|If you drink at least six doses per week, reflect on the situation and reduce your intake or cease consumption.|
|Korea, Republic of||Korea Health Promotion Foundation,
Low-risk Drinking Guidelines 2013
Drinking and health webpage (2018)
|40 g/day||20 g/day||8||Minors below 19 should not drink alcohol at all.
People who suffer from serious physical and mental illness should not drink alcohol. Do not drink alcohol when you exercise. Do not drink alcohol if driving or operating machinery.
You should not drink if your face turns red from a little alcohol (facial flushing).
|Luxembourg||Ministry of Health, Alcohol and dependency webpage (2018)||20 g/day;
Youth aged 16 to 18: at most 10 g/week
Youth aged 16 to 18: at most 10 g/week
|10||Youth aged 18 to 20: reduced consumption from the recommendations for adults, as the brain is still developing.
In order to avoid developing a habit, it is recommended not to drink on 2 or 3 days of the week.
|Macedonia||Ministry of Health, Nutrition Guidelines for the Population of Macedonia (2014)||28.8 g/day||14.4 g/day||14.2||Minors and women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should avoid alcohol altogether.|
|Malta||Agency against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, It's not the drinking.. It's how we’re drinking||18-21 years old: up to 16 g per occasion maximum twice a week
over 21 years old: up to 168 g/week spread over at least five days; not more than 32 g on any one occasion
|18-21 years old: up to 16 g per occasion maximum twice a week
over 21 years old: up to 112 g/week spread over at least five days; not more than 32 g on any one occasion
|8||Abstaining from alcohol for some days is always beneficial.
There are situations where a person should not drink alcohol since even the smallest amount can be harmful: Pregnant women, women who believe they may be pregnant or women who may be trying to become pregnant; Before driving or operating machinery.
|Mauritius||Ministry of Health, Dietary guidelines for the prevention of NCDs||2 drinks per day||1 drink per day||8
300 mL beer, 75 mL wine, or 25 mL spirit
|If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation and try not to drink every day of the week.|
|Mexico||Ministry of Health, Dietary and physical activity guidelines 2015
See also NOM-047-SSA2-2015 Health care for the age cohort 10 to 19 years old. Appendix D for guidance to primary care providers on parameters for determining low-risk consumption in healthy adults.
|up to 26 g/day||up to 13 g/day||13||DPAG (2015): When alcohol beverages are consumed in excess (more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men), they have effects harmful for health …
A drink is for example: 356 mL of beer, 100 mL of wine, or 30 mL of spirit
|Namibia||Ministry of Health and Social Services, Nutrition Guidelines for Prevention and Management of NCDs (2013)||up to 20 g/day||up to 10 g/day||10||Alcohol to be avoided in case of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, peptic ulcers, and food allergies.|
|Netherlands||Nutrition Center, Guidelines for Healthy Eating 2019 (What's not in the disk of five and why?)
||up to 10 g/day||up to 10 g/day||10||Do not drink alcohol or at least not more than one drink per day.|
|New Zealand||Ministry of Health, Eating and Activity Guidelines 2020
Health Promotion Agency, Alcohol.org.nz
|up to 30 g/day or 150 g/week, or 50 g on one occasion
over 64 years old: 30 g/day, or 150g/week, or 50g on one occasion
|up to 20 g/day, or 100 g/week, or 40 g on one occasion
over 64 years old: 20 g/day, or 100g/week, or 40g on one occasion
|10||There are times and circumstances when it is advisable not to drink alcohol. Do not drink if you: could be pregnant, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant; are on medication that interacts with alcohol; have a condition made worse by drinking alcohol; feel unwell, depressed, tired or cold as alcohol could make things worse; are about to operate machinery or a vehicle or do anything that is risky or requires skill.
Tips for low-risk drinking: There are a number of things you can do to make sure you and others stay within low-risk levels. These include: know what a standard drink is; keep track of how much you drink - daily and weekly; set limits for yourself and stick to them; start with non-alcoholic drinks and alternate with alcoholic drinks; drink slowly; try drinks with a lower alcohol content; eat before or while you are drinking; never drink and drive; be a responsible host; talk to your kids about alcohol.
Advice for parents of children and young people under 18 years: Not drinking alcohol is the safest option for children and young people under 18 years.
Those under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking alcohol and not drinking in this age group is especially important.
For young people aged 15 to 17 years, the safest option is to delay drinking for as long as possible. If 15 to 17-year-olds do drink alcohol, they should be supervised, drink infrequently and at levels usually below and never exceeding the lower adult daily limits.
|Norway||Directorate of Health, Norwegian Guidelines on Diet, Nutritient intake: Alcohol (2016)||20 g/day||10 g/day||-||Alcohol intake should not exceed 5 percent of the energy intake of adults. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children and adolescents are advised to abstain completely from alcohol. Based on an overall assessment of the health and social consequences of using alcohol, the Directorate of Health recommends not drinking alcohol for health reasons, avoiding drunkenness, and thinking about the situations in which alcohol is consumed.|
|Peru||Ministry of Health, Encyclopedia for Healthy Peru: Alcoholism (2010)||At social gatherings, do not consume more than: two beers, two glasses of wine, or two shots of spirit per day||At social gatherings, do not consume more than: one beer, one glass of wine, or one shot of spirit per day||10;
355 mL 4-6%ABV beer, 118 mL 12% ABV wine, 30 mL 40-50% ABV spirit, 30 mL 16-26% ABV mixed drink
|Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages. Be informed about the effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Avoid making alcohol an essential part of family and social gatherings. If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation, with friends and people you trust. Do not drink alcoholic beverages straight, dilute them with ice, water, soft drinks, or alternate with non-alcoholic beverages. Wine can be beneficial for health, but it is harmful when consumed quickly and in large quantities. Do not drink on an empty stomach, eat something while drinking alcohol. If you are taking medications, do not drink alcohol. Alcohol can intensify the effect of many medicines and can interact with others, making them ineffective or dangerous.|
|Philippines||Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (2012)
||24 g/day||12 g/day||12||The impact of alcohol consumption on disease and injury is largely determined by two separate but related dimensions of drinking: the totl volume of alcohol consumed and teh pattern of drinking. ...
Moderate alcohol consumption means no more than one portion drink per day for women and no more than two portion drinks per day for men. It is important to be reminded that consumption is on a per day basis and is not accumulative.
Pregnant women should abstain from consuming alcohol beverages because alcohol may cause problems like spontaneous abortion, fetal alcohol syndrome, impaired fetal development, possible malformations and other birth problems of the fetus.
|Portugal||Ministry of Health, New Daily Food Choice Food Wheel (2008)
The national dietary guidelines are being revised in 2019-2020.
|Consumption in moderation, for example: 3 glasses of beer (5%ABV) or 2 small glasses of wine (12%ABV) or 1/3 glass of spirit (40%ABV)||Consumption in moderation, for example: 2 glasses of beer (5%ABV) or 1 small glass of wine (12%ABV) or 1/5 glass of spirit (40%ABV)||[none]||Any consumption is discouraged for children, young people, pregnant and breastfeeding women. Other adults may drink alcohol as long as they do so in moderation and with meals within certain limits.|
|Romania||National Center for Evaluation and Health Promotion (2019)
||≤ 2 drinks/day or 14 drinks/week; on one occasion, no more than 5 drinks/day
if aged over 65, 1 drink/day or 7 drinks/week;
on one occasion, no more than 4 drinks
|1 drink/day or 7 drinks/week;
on one occasion, no more than 4 drinks
330ml 4-5% beer, 125 ml 12% wine, or 40 ml 40% spirit
|Russia||National Medical Research Center for Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Healthcare, prevention information materials (2019)||30 g/day||20 g/day||10||Abstain for two days a week. These limits dscribe low-risk drinking in quantitaitve terms. Alcohol consumption of even these seemingly low portions can lead to problems if the drinking takes place at the wrong time or in the wrong place. This concept applies not only to the amount of alcohol consumed, but mainly to where and when it happens and how it affects the behavior of the drinker and others. In addition, there are situations when any use of alcohol is extremely undesirable, for example, when driving, pregnancy, etc.|
|Serbia||Institute for Mental Health, Responsible Drinking Guidelines (2014)||up to 2 drinks per occasion and 14 drinks/week||up to 1 drink per occasion and 7 drinks/week||13;
330mL 5% beer, 140mL 12% wine, or 40mL 40% spirit
|1 drink is 330mL 5% beer, 140mL 12% wine, or 40mL 40% spirit
Abstain for at least 2 days per week.
Minors and pregnant women should avoid alcohol altogether.
|Singapore||Health Promotion Board
Alcohol - More than meets the eye (2020)
Dietary guidelines for older adults (2015)
||10||Those who do decide to drink alcohol should take note of how much you drink, in addition to the percentage of alcohol in a drink. To lower the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime, men should drink no more than two standard drinks per day, and women no more than one standard drink per day.
Consuming 50 g or more (if you are male), or 40 g or more (if you are female), in one occasion is considered as binge drinking. Binge drinking is a form of alcohol abuse.
The following groups should abstain from consuming alcohol altogether: Pregnant women or those trying to conceive; People on medication or have medical conditions such as alcohol allergy, alcohol addiction, liver disease and stomach ulcers; Children and adolescents. Research shows that drinking during adolescence can harm physical and brain development. Drinking alcohol during this time can bring about learning difficulties, and memory and social developmental problems.
|Slovenia||Institute of Public Health of Slovenia, Risky drinking (2014)||up to 20 g/day or 140 g/week or 50 g/drinking occasion;
men aged 65 and above: up to 10 g/day or 70 g/week or 30 g/drinking occasion
|up to 10 g/day or 70 g/week or 30 g/drinking occasion||10||At least one day per week should be completely alcohol-free.
Minors should not drink alcohol at all.
|Spain||Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Healthy Lifestyles: Risky and harmful alcohol consumption (2016)||up to 40 g/day or 280 g/week||up to 20 g/day or 170 g/week||10||Drinking can always be considered risky in certain circumstances, like: being a minor, driving a vehicle, doing work that requires coordination, concentration and attention, if taking certain medications that may interact with alcohol, if suffering a disease that alcohol could exacerbate.|
|Suriname||Psychiatric Health Center, E-health.sr||up to 2 drinks per day or 5 drinks at once||up to 1 drink per day or 5 drinks at once||[none]||Do not drink while exercising, studying, working or driving.|
|Sweden||National Food Administration, Nutrition and eating habits (2019): Alcohol advice||up to 20 g/day||up to 10 g/day||[none]||According to the Nordic nutritional recommendations, the intake should be limited to a maximum of 10 g/day for women and a maximum of 20 g/day for men. One bottle of strong beer (33 cl) contains about 15 grams of alcohol. A glass of wine (15 cl) as much.
Pregnant, children and adolescents should abstain from alcohol beverages.
|Switzerland||Federal Alcohol Commission (EKAL), Guidance on alcohol consumption (2018)||up to 20 g/day;
not to exceed 50 g within a few hours
|up to 10 g/day;
not to exceed 40 g within a few hours
|10||Some alcohol-free days are recommended each week.
Children and adolescents should avoid alcohol altogether.
Pregnant women and women who are planning to become pregnant are advised to abstain from alcohol. Even during breastfeeding, it is recommended to abstain from alcohol altogether.
People who take medications should avoid alcohol as much as possible or should only consume it with restraint. When driving, at work, doing sports and generally in activities that require increased concentration, forego alcohol.
Be more careful with alcohol consumption as you grow older.
|Uganda||Ministry of Health,
Community Health Department: Noncommunicable Diseases (2016)
|-||-||[none]||Join the NDC program and prevent NCDs by doing and supporting the following:
… Avoiding alcohol abuse for example not more than two 330 mLs of standard beer a day for males and one for females.
|United Kingdom||Department of Health, UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines 2016
National Health Service, Alcohol Misuse
|up to 112 g/week||up to 112 g/week||8||This applies to adults who drink regularly or frequently i.e. most weeks. The Chief Medical Officers’ guideline for both men and women is that:
• To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
• If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days. If you have one or two heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risks of death from long term illness and from accidents and injuries.
• The risk of developing a range of health problems (including cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases the more you drink on a regular basis.
• If you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.
This applies to drinking on any single occasion (not regular drinking, which is covered by the
weekly guideline). The Chief Medical Officers’ advice for men and women who wish to keep their short term health risks from single occasion drinking episodes to a low level is to reduce
them by: limiting the total amount of alcohol you drink on any single occasion, drinking more slowly, drinking with food, and alternating with water, and planning ahead to avoid problems e.g. by making sure you can get home safely or that you have people you trust with you.
The sorts of things that are more likely to happen if you do not understand and judge correctly the risks of drinking too much on a single occasion can include: accidents resulting in injury, causing death in some cases, misjudging risky situations, and losing self-control (e.g. engaging in unprotected sex). The risks of injury to a person who has been drinking recently have been found to rise between two and five times when 5-7 units (40-56 g) are drunk in a 3-6 hour period.
Some groups of people are more likely to be affected by alcohol and should be more careful of their level of drinking on any one occasion for example those at risk of falls, those on medication that may interact with alcohol or where it may exacerbate pre-existing physical and mental health problems.
If you are a regular weekly drinker and you wish to keep both your short- and longterm health risks from drinking low, this single episode drinking advice is also relevant for you.
|United States||Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Administration on Aging, Older Americans behavioral health Issue brief 2: Alcohol misuse and abuse prevention 2012
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA),
Rethinking Drinking webpage ,
NIAAA Older Adults webpage
|up to 28 g/day
over 60 years old: up to 12 g/day or 84g/week, never more than 36g at once
up to 56 g/day on any one day; if aged over 65: up to 42g on any one day
|up to 14 g/day
over 60 years old: up to 12 g/day or 84g/week, never more than 24g at once
up to 42g on any one day
|14||To help Americans move toward a healthy dietary pattern and minimize risks associated with drinking, adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink or to drink in moderation by limiting intakes to 2 drinks or less in a day for men and 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed. This is not intended as an average over several days, but rather the amount consumed on any single day. Binge drinking, defined as 5 or more drinks for the typical adult male or 4 or more drinks for the typical adult female in about 2 hours, should be avoided.
The Dietary Guidelines does not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason. There are also some people who should not drink at all, such as if they are pregnant or might be pregnant; under the legal age for drinking; if they have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications that can interact with alcohol; and if they are recovering from an alcohol use disorder or if they are unable to control the amount they drink. If adults age 21 years and older choose to drink alcoholic beverages, drinking less is better for health than drinking more.
These guidelines are specifically for low risk of developing alcohol use disorders.
If you have a health problem or take certain medications, you may need to drink less or not at all.
|Uruguay||Ministry of Health, Food Guide for the Uruguayan Population (2016)||up to 40 g/day or 140 g/week||up to 30 g/day or 70 g/week||10||We recommend that if you drink alcohol, it is important to do so in a responsible manner. Drinking is never completely safe, but if you decide to do it, try to reduce risks as much as possible. To do so you can calculate your units and keep in mind the limits.
Do not exceed these limits. If you are accustomed to drinking, avoid alcohol for at least two days each week.
Children and pregnant women should not drink alcohol.
|Vietnam||National Institute of Nutrition, 10 tips on proper nutrition for period 2013-2020 (2013)||20 g/day||10 g/day||10||To stay healthy and avoid illness, you should limit your intake of alcohol.|