Thursday, April 14, 2016

Definition of prudent drinking varies by country

"Are we in Chile yet?"
Maybe you are not drinking too much--and just need to move instead. (Joke)

Ali Venosa, MedicalDaily.com (a good site, by the way), reports on a new story in the journal Addiction wherein researchers at Stanford examined 75 countries' drinking guidelines.

Interestingly, only 27 of those provided guidelines for low risk drinking.

As for what constituted high risk--they were, pardon the expression, all over the map.

The gap in what constituted a standard drink, even, varied 250%--from a low of 8 grams of pure alcohol in Iceland to 20 grams in Australia. (The eight grams equals 8 oz of beer or 2.5 ounces of wine--approximately.)

In Iceland, you can be a low risk drinker if you consume less than 10 grams of pure alcohol a day. In Chile, though, you are still low risk if you drink 56 grams day. Other countries allow more on special occasions, but the drinker is still low risk.

Still other countries--Australia, Grenada, Portugal and South Africa have done away with gender guidelines.

The World Health Organization says a standard drink is 10 grams and both sexes should not exceed two drinks a day.

In the US, the National institute on Alchol Abuse and Alcoholism says a standard drink is 14 (not 10) grams.

Confused yet? Well, I will drink to that. Cheers.

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