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Do you like a drink?

Like to unwind with a glass of something in the evening? If you’re not careful it’s easy for the occasional glass in the evening to quickly become 2 or 3 glasses most days.

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as 6 pints of average strength beer a week. Regularly drinking more than this can increase the risk to your health.

Drink and you

It may seem like you don’t drink much, but a drink or two most evenings can do harm to your body. From making you gain weight to increasing your risk of cancer, alcohol can have serious effects on your body. The more you drink, and the more often, the greater the risk to your health.

Feeling drunk

Alcohol affects everyone differently, but drinking a lot in a short space of time can affect you in lots of ways. It can increase your risk of being in an accident, ending up in an argument or fight, or taking part in illegal or risky behavior, like drink driving or unsafe sex.

Booze and your body

If you regularly drink more than the lower risk guidelines you increase your risk of developing health problems such as high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attack and some types of cancer. Find out more about the risks

Other health worries

If you have other health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or are suffering from depression or anxiety, alcohol may make conditions worse. Plus, those hidden calories in your drinks can put you at serious risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Low Risk Guidelines

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level if you drink most weeks:

  • Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis
  • Spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
  • If you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

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