How many beer bottles can you drink
A beer every day - is that bad?
“I drink a beer every day. That's why I'm not an alcoholic. ”But wait a minute. Not so fast. Is it really okay to have a beer every day? Yes and no. This article will tell you whether or not moderate alcohol consumption on a daily basis is harmful.
Beer is often one of them
“Fancy a beer after work?” Or “Do you also have a beer with your meal?”. Probably each of us has heard or even said these sentences. Alcohol, especially beer, is an integral part of German culture. The per capita consumption of Germans in 2019 totaled 99.7 liters of beer. If you divide 99.7 liters by 365 days, you get 0.27 liters a day, which is about a daily small beer.
Statistically speaking, Germans drink a beer every day. "Alcoholics" or people with an alcohol dependence are around 1.77 million men and women between 18 and 64 years of age in this country.
The Robert Koch Institute describes low-risk alcohol consumption for men as 24 grams of pure alcohol (0.5 - 0.6 liters of beer or 0.25 - 0.3 liters of wine) per day. For women, the consumption limit is half, i.e. 12 grams of pure alcohol.
Important: At least 2 alcohol-free days per week should be observed. Alcohol should therefore be drunk for a maximum of 5 days.
A beer every day? According to the Robert Koch Institute, that would be too much.
If you want to reduce your own alcohol consumption, you will find helpful articles on the topics of abstaining from alcohol in everyday life and alcohol withdrawal on our blog.
Why do people drink a beer every day?
A lot in psychology revolves around motivation. What are the driving motivations for action? Why did he or she do that? The same applies to alcohol consumption. Motivation or the motive to drink can also play an important role here.
Do you drink a beer every day because you need it? Does it taste good? Or because it has already become a habit? The answers to these questions can be helpful in assessing whether or not it is okay for you to have a beer every day.
If you “need” the daily beer you can ask yourself: “What do I need this for?” What effect do you want the beer to have? Is there possibly something else that will give you the same effect but do less harm?
If you drink a beer every day because you like it - do you also drink non-alcoholic beer? The taste is almost identical for many brands.
If the daily beer has become a habit, ask yourself, "Do I want to keep this habit or change it?" If you want to review and change your drinking habits, our online training Drink Less Alcohol could help you.
Is it okay to have a beer every day?
Recommendations like those of the Robert Koch Institute remain recommendations. Each of us reacts differently to alcohol, regardless of whether it is consumed on a daily basis or not.
For this reason, only you can decide for yourself whether it feels right for you to drink a beer every day, as long as there are of course no negative consequences.
Remember: even a single beer can lead to a change in your reaction time (0.1-0.2 per thousand) or, if the mood is depressed, it could set a stone rolling that leads to more alcohol.
force of habit
Humans are creatures of habit. So if you have a beer every day, you will get used to it. This means that, on the one hand, your body gets used to the alcohol and its effects are reduced. In other words, the alcoholic effect of the beer decreases - you will notice it less and you may be more inclined to drink another beer. On the other hand, you will psychologically get used to the daily dose of alcohol.
Depending on your drinking motive, you may start to associate your daily beer with certain situations. For example, it can be a snack or dinner. Snack = food = beer. The after-work beer that ends the working day: after-work = relaxation = beer. Or the beer at the regulars table: regulars table = sense of community = beer.
Our brain loves to create connections because they make it easier to work with. Links are not one-way, however. It can also happen that you can only relax after you have had a beer. Or you start to combine food with beer, which means that you no longer just drink a beer with a snack, but with every meal.
If you should find that you have drunk more than you intended, the exercise we have recorded for you can help you. You can find it here as a video. We wish you a lot of fun watching it and good luck with the implementation.
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