It’s easy to end up drinking alcohol at levels that can be dangerous to our health. Alcohol can quickly become part of life and before we know it, drinking alcohol can become part of a habit or routine.
There are no safe levels for alcohol, but lower risk is considered to be less that 14 units a week. Don’t forget – that’s units of alcohol and not the number of drinks. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.
If you are drinking above this level, you could be doing yourself harm. The type of illnesses you can develop after 10 to 20 years of regularly drinking more than 14 units a week include:
- cancers of the mouth, throat and breast
- heart disease
- liver disease
- brain damage
- damage to the nervous system
Single session drinking
Drinking too much too quickly on any single occasion can increase your risk of:
- accidents resulting in injury, causing death in some cases
- misjudging risky situations
- losing self-control, like having unprotected sex
To reduce your health risks on any single session:
- limit how much you drink
- drink more slowly
- drink with food
- alternate with water or non-alcoholic drinks
If you are worried that you may be drinking too much or if you don’t understand how much you are drinking at the moment, get in touch. Our team are on hand to chat with you about alcohol.