The tips in this article are for people who:
- Do not have a drinking problem, now or in the past
- Are old enough to drink legally
- Are not pregnant
Healthy men, up to age 65, should limit themselves to:
- No more than 4 drinks a day
- No more than 14 drinks a week
Healthy women of all ages and healthy men over age 65 should limit themselves to:
- No more than 3 drinks a day
- No more than 7 drinks a week
Other habits that will help you be a responsible drinker include:
- Never drinking alcohol and driving.
- Having a designated driver if you are going to drink. This means riding with someone in your group who has not been drinking, or taking a taxi or bus.
- Not drinking on an empty stomach. Have a snack or meal before you drink and while you are drinking.
If you take any medicines, including ones you bought without a prescription, check with your doctor before you drink. Alcohol can affect the way your body uses some drugs. A drug may not work correctly, or it could be dangerous or make you sick if combined with alcohol.
If alcoholism runs in your family, you may be at a higher risk of becoming an alcoholic yourself. Not drinking at all might be best for you.