Consumption of alcohol must be avoided in the following circumstances: during pregnancy, during childhood, while driving, operating machinery, when exercising (responsibilities which require vigilance), when taking certain medications, with certain chronic or acute diseases (epilepsy, pancreatitis, viral hepatitis, etc.) and for former alcoholics. It is a public health imperative to strengthen and sustain efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol worldwide. Each industry, health organization and individual, has a role to play to reduce the impact of excessive alcohol consumption.
A safe drinking or a responsible drinking is defined as follows:
- For women: it’s not more than 2-3 units(1) of alcohol on an average day (less than 14/week) and at least two alcohol-free days a week.
- For men: it’s not more than 3-4 units(1) of alcohol on an average day (less than 21/week) and at least two alcohol-free days a week.
Consumption on an occasional basis should not be more than 4 units(1) of alcohol on one occasion.