Whats the best guidance on safe drinking?
Drink within the limits
It is impossible to say that any drinking of alcohol is totally safe. Because of the way in which alcohol affects the body there is some general health guidance on weekly limits of alcohol which are considered safe for males and females. This guidance is based on being in general good health, not pregnant and not drinking whilst taking medicines.
Taking a break of 48 hours or having 2 days alcohol-free each week is more recent guidance and as a rule of thumb may be easier to keep track of than counting alcohol units.
Safe limits for men
3 to 4 units per day. A guide limit of 21 units or less per week
Safe limits for women
2-3 units per day. A guide limit of 14 units or less per week
If you are pregnant or trying to conceive it is recommended that you avoid drinking alcohol altogether, but if you do drink, it should be no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week. Ensure you avoid getting drunk.