Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to physical and psychological complaints and to problems at work and in private life. Whether alcohol consumption is harmful, does not only depend on the total amount somebody drinks but also on the amount of alcohol consumed per occasion and how often the respective individual drinks. The situation in which alcohol is consumed also affects the harmfulness of drinking alcohol. The risks of alcohol consumption among women are relatively (i.e. with equal alcohol amounts) higher than among men (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, RIVM – National Institute for Public Health and the Environment – 2016).
The latest directive for alcohol consumption issued by the Dutch Health Council (Gezondheidsraad) is to drink no alcohol at all or no more than one glass a day.
Important role for parents to discourage alcohol consumption by their children
Parents have a major role in discouraging alcohol consumption among children and teenagers. By setting clear rules about the consumption of (or ban on) alcohol, parents can limit the consumption of alcohol. Children and teenagers run higher health risks due to alcohol consumption than adults, since they are generally smaller and their body is still developing.
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