Life isn’t a drinking game…Do the math

Math has never been a strength of mine. The low-risk drinking guidelines recommend a maximum of 1-2 standard drinks per day and a weekly limit of 9 standard drinks for women and 14 standard drinks for men. Easy so far….

Well, what if you don’t drink any alcohol during the weekdays and ‘save’ up your alcohol for the weekends? Does that leave me with 7 drinks per day for a man and 4 or 5 drinks per day for a woman? Actually, no. That would be binge drinking, something some 44% of local adults 20 years and older reported doing in the past 12 months in the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey.

For some things, you may be able to save up and ‘binge’ but it doesn’t work that way for alcohol. Whether a daily limit or a weekly limit…a limit is still a limit. And no more than that. Remember–you can’t lose the word ‘daily’.

Author: Diane RN

I'm a Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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