Alcohol problems: when does social drinking become too much?

With the Christmas party season on the horizon, it may be worth taking stock of just how much we may be drinking. Often when we keep a tally, it can be surprising how quickly drinking can add up.

Recent government guidance states that if you drink alcohol technically there is no safe level as it affects all of us differently. However, guidelines do state that both men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

You may be surprised reading this, especially if you are a man because the recommended safe drinking levels for men were altered earlier this year. In the past, 21 units was the magic number for men, but research has shown that in actual fact higher levels of consumption for men are not safe, hence the drop in line with the 14 units for women.

The advice is to spread the units across the week, but to have a couple of alcohol-free days a week as well.


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