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Remember that drinking alcohol is a matter of individual judgement and accountability.

If you drink alcohol beverages, do so in moderation.

Drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury. Drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury resulting from that occasion.

Avoid drinking alcohol beverages on an empty stomach. Always eat before drinking alcohol and try to eat while drinking. Take time out! Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before, during and after drinking alcohol. Pace yourself by skipping a drink and having a non-alcoholic drink between the alcoholic one.


If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive.

As alcohol affects your judgement and reaction times, driving is out of the question. The legal blood alcohol limit for driving is less than 0.05g per 100ml of blood – one beer puts you over the limit.


Don’t supply drink to underage persons

The South African legal drinking age is 18. Parents and carers should be advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important.


Other things you should know…

  • For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding, not drinking is the safest option.
  • Avoid drinking with partners who are prone to aggressive behaviour.
  • Avoid lifts from strangers, especially when intoxicated.
  • Make sure you know who pours your drink. Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

Practice good judgement

Remember that drinking alcohol is a matter of individual judgement and accountability. It is a big part of social life and celebrations around the world. Drinking responsibly means you can enjoy yourself – and stay safe.

If you think you have a problem with alcohol, consult a health care practitioner.