Love Island 2023 is well and truly underway, and what a dramatic few weeks it has been since the new contestants entered the villa. We've seen sparks fly, ballsy bombshells and cliffhanger re-couplings.
But one question that many fans have been asking this year is: how much alcohol are Love Island contestants actually allowed to drink?
While their evenings are usually made up of getting glam, heading to the garden and enjoying drinks from golden flutes, there is in fact a limit placed on how much they consume. Unlike other reality TV shows, we don't ever see the Islanders getting drunk - and there's a reason for it.
Former contestant Amy Hart told The Sun that there are restrictions in place for the islanders, saying: "It's definitely one drink in the night and you have to order it in the afternoon. You can have like white wine, red wine, beer.
"I think for every one glass of wine you can get two beers because they are little cans. That was it. There was no spirits or anything. You could have a glass of prosecco actually... It’s one drink and if it’s a particularly long night you get a second drink."
Talking to Tyla, former Love Islander Dr Alex George also revealed exactly how much alcohol those in the villa were allowed to consume during his stint on the dating show.
He said that while he appeared on the show contestants could drink 'four small cans of beer and that was it'.
He told the site: "That was the maximum allowance of alcohol, which wasn't a lot. I mean you certainly weren't getting drunk off that – but they were very, very strict on that."
Dr Alex also said he believes it's 'so important' that popular TV shows reflect 'safe practices when it comes to drinking', adding: "Talking more broadly I think we need to stop glorifying alcohol. Particularly at university glorifying alcohol consumption.
"The risk of death goes up drastically while you’re drunk, the risk of mental health illnesses rises in a relatively linear fashion with the amount of units you drink each week."
Former contestant Liana Isadora Van-Riel, who appeared on the show in 2016, once told The Sun: "You’re allowed one or two drinks a night, either wine or beer, no spirits."
At the time, a Love Island spokesperson confirmed: "We provide our islanders with all of the necessary precautionary measures and all alcohol consumption is strictly monitored by our production team."
Will other reality TV shows follow suit?
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