Love Island looks like one big, incredible holiday, right? The cast get to stay in the villa of dreams, with panoramic views, an infinity pool, and drinks flowing every night for two whole months (that's if they make it through all the cut-throat dumpings).
But actually, all that's not quite true - because the Islanders are subject to some fairly strict rules while on the show, particularly where alcohol consumption is concerned. We might have seen plenty of full wine glasses on Love Island 2021 already, just a week in, but if producers are following previous guidelines they've set then Islanders will only be allowed a maximum of two alcoholic drinks per night.
Liana Isadora Van-Riel, who was a contestant on the 2016 series, was one of the first to open up about this under-the-radar rule in an interview she once did with The Sun. "You're allowed one or two drinks a night," she explained, going on to clarify that the options were "either wine or beer, no spirits." Oof, no summertime margaritas flying around, then.
Eyal Booker, who starred in the series two years later in Love Island season 4, corroborated this claim. Speaking about alcohol consumption in conversation with Closer, he said: "It was very, very limited. Max two glasses of wine a night and that’s max!"
You can understand why such rules are put in place. NHS guidance states that men and women should drink no more than 14 units a week, so having limitations in place ensures that producers aren't enabling an unhealthy intake of booze while on the show. Plus, we all know how alcohol can influence behaviour. Considering the Islanders are being filmed 24/7, and emotions are often heightened as they deal with ever-changing relationship statuses, it's probably not wise to chuck a load of extra drinks in the mix to make things flare up even more.
A spokesperson for the show previously said in regards to drink limitations: "We provide our Islanders with all of the necessary precautionary measures and all alcohol consumption is strictly monitored by our production team."
So there you have it - two drinks and they're on the water.
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