The 0-1-2 guideline is simple to remember.
Zero means zero drinks for anyone under 21, or anyone who is pregnant, planning to operate a motor vehicle, has certain medical conditions, or for someone who is a recovering alcoholic.
One is one drink per occasion for women.
Two is two drinks or less for men per occasion.Why is the number less for women? Women tend to weigh less than men, and pound for pound women have less water in their bodies. So, if men and women drink the same amounts, a woman’s blood alcohol content will be higher, putting her at greater risk. For most people following the 0-1-2 low risk guidelines will help them avoid health and other problems, such as:
- Birth defects
- Unintended pregnancies
- Risk of sexual assault