Alcohol

Drinking sensibly

Easier ways to drink sensibly

Having a drink may feel like an easy way to unwind at the end of the day but one glass can often lead to two or three.  Before you know it, you’ve had half a bottle, and you could be on the path towards harmful drinking.

The Department of Health recommends that men and women should not exceed the following on a regular basis (daily):

 

Low risk guidelines

 

Drinking above low risk guidelines increases the risk of various health conditions such as cancer, liver cirrhosis and high blood pressure to name a few.

Women who regularly exceed low risk guidelines increase their risk of breast cancer by up to 50%.

Men who regularly exceed low risk guidelines increase their risk of mouth cancer by a third.

Use our alcohol calculator to see how many units are in your drinks.


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