Some of our brewed products are alcoholic beverages which as such shall be consumed with pleasure, enjoyment and in a moderate manner. It's about pleasure and about getting together with friends and family and sharing good times. Alcohol is a special product which if misused can cause harm to you and others. Below are some general hints and tips to help you enjoy drinking responsibly.
When not to drink
Sometimes making the decision not to drink doesn’t require much thought at all. If you are pregnant, under the legal drinking age, driving or operating machinery, have specific medical conditions where drinking is contraindicated, you shouldn't drink.
No threshold of safe drinking when pregnant has been established. So, most governments recommend that if you are planning to conceive or are pregnant, the best advice is not to drink.
Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby because alcohol crosses the placenta freely and produces a blood alcohol concentration in the baby that is equal to that of the mother. An unborn baby’s brain and central nervous system are thought to be particularly sensitive to alcohol. If you drink heavily during your pregnancy, there is a risk that your baby could be born with a range of problems including fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), low birth weight and central nervous system dysfunction.
If you have questions or concerns, consult your doctor or health care provider.
Driving and operating machinery
Because drinking can affect your judgment and reaction time, you need to be especially careful if you are driving or operating machinery.
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a measure of the amount of alcohol in the blood stream, and is used, especially by law enforcement, to test how much a driver has had to drink.Where they exist, BAC driving limits vary worldwide, with the average being around 0.05 to 0.08g. Some countries set lower BAC limits for novice and commercial drivers. Regardless of the legal BAC, however, it is common knowledge that drinking anything more than a very modest amount of alcohol slows down reaction time.
Alcohol can change the effects of your medication, either exaggerating them or negating them, and if you have suffered liver damage, you may experience a change in the way your body processes medication, even without the presence of alcohol.
Combining alcohol and some medications may affect motor skills, so driving or operating heavy equipment should be avoided while drinking. Make sure to read the labels on all prescription and over-the-counter medicines before consuming alcohol, and consult your physician or healthcare provider if you have any questions.
If you are depressed and lacking in energy, it can be tempting to use alcohol to help you keep going and cope with life. The problem is that it is easy to slip into drinking regularly, using it like medication. The benefits soon wear off, the drinking can become part of a routine and have to keep drinking more to get the same effect.
So if you have depression, drinking will not make you feel better in the long run. Instead, it is very important to consult your physician or health care provider to address your health issues.
Dependence or inability to control drinking
If you are aware that you are dependent upon alcohol, or that you are unable to control your drinking, consult your physician or health care provider.
It is important to seek specialist opinion if any of these issues are relevant to you. Please consult with your physician or health care provider or contact your local social aspect organization for further background information.
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