Doctors recommend that maximum safe level of alcohol consumption is: one standard drink per day for women and two standard drinks per day for men.
Alcohol is generally a very dangerous and problematic substance, which has lead many people into misery of alcoholism: It’s responsible for many violent deaths, family violence, pathological jealousy, liver damage, cancers, addiction, delirium tremens, in some cases permanent brain damage, psychosis, malnutrition, etc.
If your face becomes flushed or red after consuming alcohol, this might mean that you have a higher risk of cancer of esophagus if you drink. This is because alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde which is carcinogenous, and such reaction indicates more accumulation of acetaldehyde in body. You need to limit your drinking significantly if you experience this type of reaction. More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_flush_reaction
It’s often hard to know how well you’re able to control your drinking habits! People who think they have no problems with alcohol, can also become victims of alcoholism.
However, many studies, over last 100 years have linked low-to-moderate alcohol consumption with increased lifespan and better heart health, in comparison to non-drinkers. It’s also linked to lower death rates from all causes.
Alcohol is also an integral part of western culture, society, work life and some religious rites, and complete abstinence from alcohol could put us in conflict with society, which can cause social problems, conflicts, isolation, stress etc.
Social aspect of drinking is also not to be forgotten. In moderate quantities, sometimes it can bring people together, function as a social lubricant, and overcome difficulties in communication. But this is true only for moderate quantites.
Every quantity over 4 drinks in a sitting is NOT MODERATE and constitues binge drinking which is especially detrimental to our body, and especially nervous system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binge_drinking
Reccomendation is different for different groups of people:
a) If you come from family of alcoholics – don’t drink at all. Alcoholism has a strong genetic component.
b) If you have a history of problems with alcohol – frequent blackouts, getting into fights while drunk, finding it hard to stop drinking once you start, drinking and driving, getting in problems with law, etc… but you’re NOT CURRENTLY ADDICTED, cut down your drinking VERY GRADUALLY (better with professional help) until you quit drinking completely.
c) If you are a current alcoholic, don’t even try to limit drinking or quit drinking on your own, it’s dangerous and you risk getting delirium tremens. You MUST SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP TO HELP YOU CURE YOUR ALCOHOLISM AND STAY SOBER.
d) If you have alcohol flush reaction, don’t drink at all. If you are an alcoholic, seek help immediately to help you quit safely. Doing it on your own, you’re risking delirium tremens.
e)If you have always been a moderate drinker and never had problems with alcohol, you can keep drinking but:
a) Don’t drink more than 2 drinks a day if you’re a man, and just 1 drink a day if you’re a woman.
b) Don’t drink every day.
c) NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.
d) In very rare and special occasions when you celebrate something, for example, and want to drink a bit more, do the following to minimize damage:
a) Don’t mix drinks. Drink the same drink the entire evening.
b) Don’t drink on empty stomach. Eat something before.
c) Drink water or juices between drinks to prevent dehydration.
d) As soon as you feel any bad symptoms, stop drinking immediately and switch to juice or mineral water.
e) Never combine alcohol with other drugs, caffeine or energy drinks.