You may have heard the advice “drink responsibly.” That can be kind of unclear. What does it mean in specific terms?
The idea has been defined as “not getting drunk and not letting alcohol control your life or your relationships.” A slightly different way to express it will be this: If you do make the decision to drink, know when to call a halt before your drinking becomes a problem for you or others.
Putting some numbers to this concept
Experts suggest that using alcohol responsibly means that men older than 65 and adult women should stop at three drinks daily and seven drinks weekly at most. Men aged 65 and younger should consume no more than four drinks a day with a maximum of 14 drinks weekly.
What other behavior is involved in responsible drinking?
There are some additional guidelines to consider if you want to drink responsibly:
- Eat something with your alcoholic beverage.
- Don’t mix drinking and driving.
- If you have had too much to drink at a social gathering, make sure there is someone sober who is available to take the wheel. If no one else is around, take public transportation. Just find a way to get to your destination safely.
- Don’t combine alcohol with any prescription medications unless you know it is safe to do so.
What if you face a DUI charge?
If you have made an effort to drink responsibly but find yourself charged with DUI, don’t assume it’s an open and shut case. Know your rights and obtain reliable advice regarding your situation.