Episode 19 – Be more health conscious when drinking

Health conscious drinking is about equipping yourself with information to help you to make better choices before, during and after drinking (that is, if you decide to drink). While for some it’s hard to cut it out completely (or even avoid), let’s run through some tips on what to do if you decide to drink and thus be more health conscious.

Note: If you’re pregnant, under the legal drinking age, and/or on medications, don’t drink. Obey the laws, don’t drink and drive and know your limits.


1. How much can you drink?

There’s a relationship between drinking and health related outcomes which goes like this:

The more you drink, the more at risk of accidents, lifestyles injuries or disease. So in short, drink more, risk more.


What is a standard drink?

A standard drink will help measure your alcohol intake. These measures also help to define a suggested limit for drinking. To help quantify intake, here are some examples of standard drinks:

Beer – 1 middle strength beer 375ml – 3.5% vol. Alcohol
Spirits – 1 shot 30ml – 40% Alcohol
Wine – 1 glass (Red or white) 100ml – 11.5-13.5% vol. Alcohol


What’s the limit?

The Australian guidelines suggest that the limit would be:

Two (2) standard drinks on most days (eg. 4-5 out of 7 days of the week).

Note: Any more than four (4) drinks on one given occasion will further increase your health risk.


2. Go for quality over quantity

Alcohol that is produced naturally over time would be a better choice over other options that are artificially made or have had the process accelerated. This tip is about choosing a good quality drink over a cheaper one. For one, you’ll appreciate it more and secondly, you’re less likely to drink as much alcohol because the session will then become more about appreciation over the effects.

More often than not, “you get what you pay for.”


What else can you do to be more health conscious when drinking? Read on.

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