How much is too much alcohol?

Most of us enjoy a drink now and again. A drink to relax after a hard day, a glass over dinner, a few on a night out or a couple in front of the TV; but when it comes to alcohol, how many of us really know how much is too much?

Sensible drinking guidelines

Every drink we have adds up, and over time it can have a bigger impact on our health and wellbeing than we realise. That's why it's important to stick to the sensible drinking guidelines.

Women shouldn't regularly drink more than 2-3 units (equivalent to a 175ml glass of 13% wine) of alcohol a day, and men 3-4 units (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% lager). We should all try to take at least two alcohol-free days a week to give our body a break.

Are you drinking more than you think?

The truth is, that drinking alcohol is never going to be risk-free, but regularly going over the sensible drinking guidelines can have a negative effect on your overall health. Even if you don't have a hangover, the alcohol you've drunk still has an impact on your system.

In the short-term, drinking too much can lead to a range of issues like weight gain, skin problems, memory loss and depression.  Over the longer term, it can also cause more serious health problems such as an increased risk of high blood pressure, chronic liver disease and breast cancer.

Change your thinking on drinking

By making small changes to the way you drink, you can make a big difference not just to the way you feel now, but to your long-term health. Finding out how many units are in your favourite drink is a good place to start. Why not see what happened when the people of Glasgow took the Wine Guess Challenge and then try the Challenge yourself?

 

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