Men and Women

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The recommended safer drinking limit for a healthy man is 3-4 units of alcohol per day with at least two alcohol free days per week.

A healthy man is one who does not currently suffer any significant health problems or have any problems as a result of their alcohol use.

The recommended safer limits are based on how the male body processes alcohol; the male body has a lower ratio of fat to water than women meaning the alcohol is more diluted in a male body.  Men also have a higher level of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) in the liver than women. This means it is a little easier to metabolise alcohol.

 

 

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The recommended safer drinking limit for a healthy women is 2-3 units of alcohol per day with at least two alcohol free days per week.

A healthy woman is one who does not currently suffer any significant health problems or have any problems as a result of their alcohol use. For example drinking while pregnant is not advisable

The recommended units are based on how the female body processes alcohol; the female body has a higher ratio of fat to water therefore the body is less able to dilute the alcohol. Women have a lower level of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) in the liver than men. This means it is a harder to metabolise alcohol.