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The World Health Organization (WHO) has established the following standards for responsible wine consumption:


How much can I drink?

In order to standardize criteria when calculating alcohol consumption, the WHO established measurements through the Standard Drink (SD). Each standard drink contains approximately 10 grams of pure alcohol (which may vary depending on the alcohol concentration of your drink, and the amount served in your glass).

By knowing how many standard drinks you have consumed, the amount of pure alcohol that you have ingested can be measured and, based on that, you can estimate how long it will take to be fully eliminated from your body. Take into account that a healthy liver is able to metabolize around one SD per hour (men) or hour and a half (women).


General Recommendations

Putting the following recommendations into practice will help you to avoid unpleasant situations which may be harmful to yourself and others.



  1. Alcohol dehydrates your body, and as such increases your thirst. Thus, alternating alcoholic beverages with water is recommended. Otherwise, you will be likely to drink more alcohol, and to drink faster, in order to quench your thirst.
  2. Alternating alcoholic beverages with water also helps you to delay the speed of consumption, and remain hydrated.
  3. Water will help you to counteract dehydration, and as such, if you drink too much alcohol, it will reduce the effects of the hangover.
  1. Alcohol enters your system more rapidly in the extent to which the amount ingested increases.
  2. The amount of alcohol ingested determines the speed and intensity with which its effects appear.



  1. Food causes alcohol to be processed more slowly.
  2. Alcohol moves through your body faster if you have an empty stomach.
  3. If you're hungry, you’re mFood causes alcohol to be processed more slowly.