The more alcohol you drink the greater your risk of damaging your body, but there is no guaranteed safe level of drinking. However, if you drink below a certain level the risks of harm are reduced.
The risk levels of drinking are classified as:
- Lower risk drinkers: men who don’t regularly drink more than three to four units and women who don’t regularly drink more than two to three units of alcohol a day.
- Increasing risk drinkers: men who regularly drink more than three to four units and women who regularly drink more than two to three units of alcohol a day.
- Higher risk drinkers: men who regularly drink more than eight units a day or 50 units a week and women who regularly drink more than six units a day or 35 units a week.
‘Regularly’ means drinking these amounts every day or most days of the week.
Liver problems, depression, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and forgetfulness are some of the effects of long-term excessive drinking. Others include:
If you feel a regular need to drink, or you drink every day, you may be addicted to alcohol or are at hgh risk of becoming addicted. People with high alcohol tolerance are especially vulnerable to alcohol dependency. If you are concerned about this seek help from your GP or local alcohol advisory service.
Drinking might cheer you up for a few hours but in the long term it’s more likely to make you feel depressed. Alcohol changes the chemistry of the brain, increasing the risk of depression or making depression worse.
You may not normally drink enough to have a complete memory blackout, but alcohol, even in smaller amounts, can affect your day-to-day memory. And the more you drink, the more you forget.
Inside your body
Regularly drinking more than the recommended amount increases your risk of developing a number of health problems including cancer, high blood pressure, heart problems, liver damage, stomach inflammation and fertility problems.
If you or someone you know is drinking too much and you’d like help contact your GP.
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Page last updated on July 23rd, 2012