An understanding of the potential for benefits and risks associated with alcohol consumption is an important tool for preventing harm. Meaningful information about the effects of alcohol, based on a thorough and balanced review of the scientific evidence, can provide individuals with a basis for making decisions about their own drinking.
Governments and quasi-governmental organizations in countries around the world provide such information for those above the legal drinking age as a guide to low-risk and responsible alcohol consumption. These guidelines are intended to educate the public and include information about potential outcomes relating to different patterns and levels of consumption, as well as information for specific groups who may be at elevated risk for harm.
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