New recommendation for risky use of alcohol

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Alcohol's impact on health is well documented and it is no secret that high alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems. Due to this, the National Board of Health and Welfare has published lowered limit values for risky use of alcohol for men.

New limit values for men - 10 standard glasses per week

According to the new recommendations, the limit for what counts as risky use for men is lowered to 10 standard glasses or more per week. For women, the limit remains at the same level as before, also 10 standard glasses per week. It is important to note that these limits include regular high consumption as well as heavy consumption, which is defined as 4 standard glasses or more on the same occasion, once a month or more often. Threshold values aim to give healthcare staff guidelines for when to offer support to people with risky alcohol use.

Scientific support for the recommendations

The new limit values for risky use of alcohol are based on a balanced assessment that takes into account the latest research in combination with experts and other authorities as well as recommendations from other countries. The research clearly shows that the more alcohol you drink, the greater the risk of harmful consequences such as accidents or illness. Furthermore, studies show that the risk of ill health is roughly the same for both men and women at these levels of alcohol consumption, which is the basis for the decision that the limit for risky use should be the same for both sexes.

Tips for reducing your alcohol consumption

If you feel that your alcohol consumption exceeds the new hazardous use limits, it may be important to consider cutting back on your drinking. Here are some practical tips to help you reduce your alcohol consumption:

  • Set clear boundaries for yourself and try to stick to them.
  • Avoid buying large quantities of alcohol in order to reduce availability.
  • Drink slowly and be aware of how much you drink.
  • Plan alcohol-free days and weeks when you completely avoid alcohol.
  • Explore alternatives that contain less alcohol or are alcohol-free.

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Alcohol consumption is a highly individual matter and everyone is affected differently. Factors such as your age, metabolism, lifestyle, drinking patterns and other risk factors have an impact. For many, it can be difficult to determine if you are drinking too much. For that reason, it may be a good idea to carry out a PEth-test to assess your alcohol habits in a simple and reliable way. In this way, you get a clear answer about your alcohol consumption.

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