The effect of alcohol on your health depends on your drinking pattern and your average (daily) alcohol consumption. In the event of consumption exceeding 1 glass per day for women or 2 glasses for men, the risk of various diseases increases by 15 to 20%.
A standard glass of alcohol contains approximately 10 grams of alcohol, irrespective of the drink. If you drink no alcohol or have moderate consumption of no more than half a standard glass to one standard glass per day, this is associated with a generally lower mortality risk.
The positive health effects of alcohol on individual diseases are extremely limited. The current recommendation is therefore to drink no alcohol at all or no more than half a glass to one glass per day.
Alcohol and your health
There are a number of health effects associated with drinking alcohol.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether moderating your alcohol consumption may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.