There is a whole host of definitions of moderate or responsible beer consumption. Perhaps the simplest way to define it is to say that moderate consumption does not have bad effects on either the drinker or the others. However, all definitions are lax enough, there are no strict rules and there will always be exceptions to prove the opposite. What really matters is to have a specific approach for each case and factor in bodyweight, age, gender, state of health as well as interference with any medication. That is why we believe that the best definition is reached individually, that is why it is important for you to be aware of your own limits. We recommend that you should discuss this aspect with your doctor, too. Your doctor is in the best position to tell you whether you can drink at all and if so, how much.

Since our topic is beer, perhaps we should start by reminding that “to enjoy” is rather to sip, take time and drink moderately. A healthy lifestyle is not only about how much, i.e. the quantity we drink of our favourite beverage, but also about how often we drink. Experts rather favour regular consumption of moderate quantities than excessive consumption now and then. It is also recommended to drink our favourite beverage during or after meals, lunch or dinner. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach. Alcohol is then fast absorbed and that will lead to a high level of alcohol in our bloodstream.

In order to give clear references regarding the quantity of beer that can be consumed without any influence for the consumers’ health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) sets out clear recommendations about the metering of it. Women are thus recommended to drink one or at most two bottles of beer per day, while men can drink as much as three bottles of beer per day (the standard reference bottle is 330 ml, 5% alcohol).

Constantly excessive beer consumption may represent a health risk.