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Sensible Drinking

Too much alcohol can increase your risk of several cancers and other health problems including risk of stroke and can also make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

National guidelines advise that men and women should not consume more than 14 units per week on a regular basis. The guidelines also suggest if you do regularly drink up to 14 units per week you should spread alcohol consumption over a few days and include alcohol-free days.

One unit =  half a pint of normal strength lager, cider or bitter, a standard glass of wine or 25ml of spirits.

Calculate the units of alcohol in your drink by using the drink aware alcohol calculator.

Alcohol can be linked to problems including:

  • Anxiety, stress, depression and poor concentration
  • Memory loss and brain damage
  • Liver complaints
  • Problems with stomach, intestines and bowel such as indigestion and stomach ulcers
  • Kidney problems
  • Certain types of cancer including breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure and risk of stroke
  • Sexual difficulties such as temporary impotence
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Ageing you before your time – wrinkles, dark circles around the eyes and reddening of the face.

What’s your limit?

The Change for Life website has lots of information to help you cut down your alcohol intake – take a look at their cutting down section. You can also use their drinks checker to see how many units you consume on average.

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