Alcoholic beverages contain a strong psychoactive agent known as ethanol. Drinking alcohol presents both short-term and long-term health risks.
Men should consume no more than two standard drinks a day, while women should consume no more than one standard drink a day.
Excessive drinking is defined as consuming:
- 8 or more drinks per week for women
- 15 or more drinks per week for men
*A standard drink is equivalent to a can (330 ml) of regular beer, half a glass (100 ml) of wine or 1 nip (30 ml) of spirit.