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Alcohol? Less is Better!

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Flatrate, happy hour, and binge drinking: ending up in the emergency room is pretty much the opposite of party-party! But even just a few glasses of alcohol have a noticeable effect. Know your limits!

This is why it's better not to drink alcohol:

  • Alcohol has lots of calories, interferes with fat reduction, and makes you hungry – so if you're watching your weight, alcohol is not a good idea.
  • Alcohol makes you lose your inhibitions. You might end up doing things that you'd never normally do, things you might really regret when you're sober again.
  • Having alcohol in your bloodstream makes it hard to concentrate and to remember. Having a mental blackout is actually really dangerous and can result in brain damage.
  • Alcohol makes you careless, and often you overestimate your abilities, which is especially dangerous if you're driving. And: the legal drink-drive limit for novice drivers and the under-21-year-olds is zero, which means that, even if you've only had a sip of beer, no driving! 

For 1000 reasons to stay within the legal drink-drive limit, go to


Getting a grip on your alcohol consumption

Do you sometimes drink more alcohol than you intended to? Have you ever considered reducing your alcohol intake? Or would you like to do without any alcohol for a while?


The "Alkohol? Kenn dein Limit“ campaign of the Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung - BZgA) has a lot of information about alcohol and how to use it responsibly. The "Change your drinking" program is designed to support you in your own efforts for reducing your alcohol consumption and getting it under control. This self-help programme is not meant to replace therapy, but it can help you gain a realistic perspective on your consumption:



Self-test Tools


This self-test will help you determine your current level of alcohol consumption:


With the alcohol-per-unit calculator you can find out the number of pure alcohol units in different drinks by mouse-click:


The virtual calorie table enables you to calculate the calorie content of beer, wine, spirits/hard drinks such as vodka, whisky etc.:

Published: Tue, 27/05/2014 - 11:19

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