How much wine can I drink without damaging my health?

Posted On December 10, 2017

Manish Kakshapati

Jyatha, Kathmandu


First of all, I’m not a doctor: if you have any concerns about how your drinking might be affecting your health, you should visit your General Physician. Beyond this, the answer is unclear. It’s hard to give precise limits because people differ in their ability to metabolize alcohol (big people can drink a lot more than smaller ones, and irrespective of size, men can drink more than women), and because most people under-report their drinking to doctors (either intentionally or unintentionally). For what they are worth, standard guidelines are that healthy drinking limits are 21 units per week for men and 14 for women, where 1 unit is a standard drink (many drinks have this on the label now; it’s equivalent to a small glass of wine or half a pint of weak beer). I think these guidelines are a little on the conservative side, but if you are drinking significantly more you will have an increased risk of health problems such as high blood pressure, certain cancers, cardiomyopathy, liver cirrhosis and accidents.