How Alcohol Affects You: A Guide to Drinking Safely

How Much Alcohol Does It Take To Get Drunk?

The amount of alcohol consumed per day depends on many factors such as your age, gender, weight, health status and other lifestyle habits. If you are a regular drinker or even occasional drinkers then it is likely that you consume more than the recommended limit each week. However if you do not drink at all then your risk of getting drunk is very low.

If you want to stay sober, then you need to keep away from drinking too much alcohol. Even though there is no hard evidence that shows that excessive consumption of alcohol causes any long term harm, it is still best to avoid getting drunk. There are some things which will help you stay safe while drinking:

Drink within the limits set out by Health Canada (see below) .

. Avoid mixing alcohol with food, drugs or caffeinated beverages.

Avoid driving after drinking. (See Driving After Drinking)

(See Driving After Drinking) Limit yourself to one drink per hour, preferably less. (Limit Yourself to One Drink Per Hour)

Health Canada recommends that you not exceed the following limits:

Age: Under 21 years – 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). Age: 21 years and older – 1%.

These are only recommended limits, but you should always be within the 600mg of alcohol per week limit. (600mg of alcohol per week)

High Risk Factors Of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a serious concern for many communities. It can cause several problems to the user and those around him or her. In some cases it can be fatal. Here are some factors that increase your risk of alcohol abuse:

Family history of alcoholism.

Use of alcohol before the age of 15.

Use of other drugs before the age of 15.

Involvement in delinquent activities.

Exposure to violence as a child.

The belief that “everyone is fair game”.

If you are unsure as to whether you have a drinking problem then consult your doctor or a specialized medical clinic.

What Is The Recommended Alcohol Intake?

The WHO recommends no more than 5 cans of beer or 5 small glasses of wine per day. (The Unthinkable Consequences Of Alcoholism)

We do not need hard evidence to know that drinking excessively is bad for you. Just observe these effects of alcohol on your friends when they drink too much:


Loss of coordination.



Slurred speech.

Memory blackouts.




Death from choking on one’s own vomit or other accidents caused by the alcohol.

If any of these symptoms are experienced, seek medical attention immediately. The best thing to do is to not drink excessively.

How Alcohol Effects On Your Body?

Alcohol abuse can have many negative effects on your body and general health. It can lead to several short term and long term problems such as:

Heart problems. (High Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat, Stomach and Intestinal Problems)

Liver disease. (Cirrhosis of the liver, Jaundice, Itching)

Severe muscle weakness. (Hypoglycemia)

Seizures. (Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures)

Depression. (Alcoholic Depression)

Anxiety. (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks)

Weight gain. (Liver Disease, Flushing The Toxins From Your Body)

Sores and abscesses inside the mouth and throat. (Gangrene, Necrosis, Hallucinations)

Brain damage. (Confusion, Coma, Death)

Birth defects if consumed during pregnancy. (CNS Disorders)

Encephalopathy (Organic Brain Disease)

Dementia (Alcoholic Dementia)

Infection of the brain tissue. (Alcoholic Psychosis, Alcoholic Delirium)

Nerve damage.

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