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The UK government advises that men and women should not regularly drink more than fourteen units of alcohol per week, and have several alcohol-free days a week.
78% of people in the UK drink within the recommended limits.
If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, you shouldn’t drink alcohol at all. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely, so you should never drink and drive.
Anytime you drink six or more units of alcohol in a single day this is actually ‘binge drinking’ – so drinking two or more large glasses of wine or pints of higher strength (5%) beer in an evening is classed as binge drinking. One way to avoid this is to spread out your units over the week.
Many of us may not realise it, but drinking above the recommended limits can lead to the following problems:
Drinking at high risk levels is associated with reduced life expectancy, difficulties with relationships at home and at work, and deteriorating physical and mental health and general well-being.
Alcohol Dependence Syndrome affects 4% of adults in the UK.
If you’ve experienced any of the following alcohol addiction symptoms in the past twelve months, you may be alcohol dependent:
If you notice that you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms when drinking less than you normally would, you should seek emergency healthcare at A&E immediately.
If you are alcohol dependent, then suddenly cutting down the amount you drink drastically is not safe. Ensure you get the right support plan agreed with a medical professional or alcohol specialist worker.
Find out whether you at risk of becoming alcohol dependent, or whether you may already be alcohol dependent, by taking our quick alcohol test.
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