|If you chose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly, and in moderation.
No one should drink alcohol, even in moderation, before operating a motor vehicle or engaging in other activities that involve attention and skill or physical risk. Such activities include operating machinery, boating, swimming, diving and skiing.
Some people need to abstain from or minimize their use of alcohol for health reasons. These people include:
- individuals with a personal or family history of alcohol abuse;
- persons who cannot keep their drinking moderate;
- women who are pregnant or who are planning to conceive;
- individuals who are taking prescriptions or over-the-counter medications that can interact adversely with alcohol or with other components of alcoholic beverages.
Note: some material is reproduced from "Alcohol Consumption and Health" by American Council on Science and Health Visit www.acsh.org for further information.
See also Educ Alcool's publications on low risk drinking and the effects of moderate regular alcohol consumption in 'Further Sources' section below.
Most people who drink do so moderately and responsibly as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Common sense tells us to drink responsibly at any time and especially if you are planning to drive or undertake other activities that require skills.
Alcohol can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle in moderation, but it is not recommended that anyone begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of their health. Enjoyment of wine, beer and spirits has formed part of a pleasurable part of many traditions, cultures and some religions around the globe since civilization began.
|What if I drink too much?
The hazards of heavy alcohol consumption are well known and consumption at levels above moderate levels can increase the risk for motor vehicle accidents, other injuries, high blood pressure, stroke, violence and some types of cancer for example.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) explained in a special report that "the consequences of alcohol use must be evaluated in conjunction with its potential benefits" and "Protective and detrimental levels of alcohol consumption cannot be generalized across the population, but instead should be determined by individuals in consultation with her or his physician".
Individuals should consult their healthcare provider on any concerns regarding their consumption of alcoholic drinks.