Based on available scientific evidence and different references provided by a variety of public health authorities, it is accepted that low-risk moderate consumption has a range set out in the guidelines below:
Guidelines for low-risk moderate consumption:
- Up to 2 drink units a day for women.
- Up to 3 drink units a day for men.
- No more than 4 drink units on any one occasion.
- Alcohol should be avoided in certain situations such as pregnancy, when taking certain medication or operating machinery.
Alcohol consumption: units of measurement
1 drink unit* represents 10g of pure alcohol which equates to:
~100 ml (96ml) of wine at 13% vol
~100 ml (104ml) of sparkling wine at 12% vol
~60 ml (62.5ml) of fortified wine at 20% vol
~85 ml (83.5ml) of aromatised wine at 15% vol
(*) This term indicates the average content of pure alcohol expressed in the most common units of consumption, although serving volumes and consumption guidelines vary across countries.