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What is safe drinking?

No level of drinking can completely remove the risks of alcohol-related harm. But changing the way you drink may reduce the risks to you, your whānau or family, and your community.

Low-risk drinking is considered to be no more than:

This is shown in the following graphic from the Health Promotion Agency.

If you're an older adult, you should probably drink less than this. See Alcohol & older people for more information.

When shouldn't I drink?

You shouldn't drink if you:

What is a standard drink?

A standard drink is smaller than many people expect. In New Zealand, it is a drink that contains 10 grams of pure alcohol. Drinks poured at home or in a bar tend to be more than one standard drink.

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On the next page: How can I cut down on drinking?

Written by Health in All Policies Advisor, Community & Public Health, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Public Health Specialist, Community & Public Health, Canterbury DHB. Page created March 2017. Last updated November 2018.

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See also:

Alcohol in pregnancy

Alcohol: know the facts (youth & teens)

Alcohol poisoning

Page reference: 358452

Review key: HIAAD-16539