What is the norm for responsible alcohol use?
In the Netherlands, the Health Council applies a medically responsible standard for alcohol consumption. Based on an extensive consideration of the positive and negative effects of alcohol on health, the Health Council has arrived at the following standard: Do not drink alcohol or in any case no more than one standard glass of alcohol per day. Preferably with two consecutive alcohol-free days. However, women may also have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer if they drink one glass of alcohol.
If you drink more alcohol than the norm for responsible alcohol consumption, you run the risk of low iron levels in your blood, fatty liver, fatigue, depression, problems at work, cancer and high blood pressure.
If you drink more than this standard, you are not automatically an alcoholic.