Advice about alcohol

Alcohol affects the entire body. The effects of alcohol do not have to be all negative, but if you drink too much and/or too often both your physical and mental health can be affected in a negative way. Taking control over your drinking means that YOU decide how the party is going to be – not the alcohol.

For a man more than 14 drinks a week (one drink: 15 cl wine, 33 cl strong beer, 4 cl liquor) and for a woman more than nine drinks a week is considered as “at risk” drinking. The same goes for drinking more than four drinks as a man or more than three drinks as a woman during a shorter period of time, about three hours, on the same occasion. Due to biological differences it takes longer for women than men to break down alcohol. This means that if a man and a women consumes the same amount of alcohol, the content of alcohol in the body will be higher in the woman.

It takes a long time for the body to completely break down the alcohol. For example it takes on average just over two hours for the body to break down a strong beer or glass of wine. A bottle of wine takes about ten to twelve hours.

To minimise the negative consequences of alcohol

Plan your drinking in advance, for example by:

  • Drinking “every other water”.
  • Eat when you drink alcohol.
  • "Surf" on the drink you just finished instead of directly pouring a new one.
  • Choose drinks with lower alcohol content.
  • Say no – it is your choice how much you drink!

Support and advice

Do you have questions or concerns about your own or others' drinking? Have you grown up with or lived in relationships where there has been problems with alcohol?

If you want advice or individual support, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Health Service on telephone: 018-471 69 00.

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