Before drinking alcohol it is important to ask your specialist team if it would be medically safe to do so, and if there is any information specific to you. Advice can differ depending on the type of condition that you have. If you are able to enjoy alcohol in moderation, remember that:
The recommended weekly low-risk alcohol guidelines in Ireland are less than:
Drinks should be spread out over the week.
Have 2 to 3 alcohol-free days per week. Drink no more than 6 standard drinks on any one occasion.
A unit of alcohol is equal to:
Please note: These units of alcohol are not the same as protein exchanges
Please see below for some general guidelines on the protein content of some common alcoholic drinks. However, remember that the ingredients in commercially available foods and drinks constantly change , so always check the product labels and use the list below as a guide only. Contact your dietitian for further information.
The following alcoholic drinks can usually be drunk without counting them as protein exchanges in the diet*.
|The following alcoholic drinks contain some protein and need to be counted as part of your low protein diet*:|
|BEER (All beer, brown ale, lager, pale ale, stout and stout extra)||1 pint = 1 1/2 exchanges|
|GUINNESS/MURPHY’S||1 pint = 2 exchanges|
|STRONG ALE||250ml = 1 1/2 exchanges|
|PUB SHANDY||1 pint = 1/2 exchange|
|CREAM LIQUEUR'S (Bailey’s Irish Cream, Cadbury’s Cream Liqueur)||30ml = 1 exchange**|
* Always check the protein level on all labels before consumption. Please speak to your doctor or dietitian if you have any queries or concerns about the protein content or suitability of the products shown above.
Please note: the above exchange values are equal to 1g protein. If you have a condition that uses a different exchange value please speak to your specialist team for advice.
ADVOCAAT: This drink contains egg yolk and is therefore high in protein and must not be taken if following a low protein diet.
Note: The information provided on this page is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace the care, advice and medical supervision of your healthcare professional. If you have any questions about the information provided here, please speak to your doctor or dietitian.
Check out the NHS website for more information on alcohol and general health.