Alcohol and your health
You do not need be drinking above recommended levels for alcohol to put your health at risk.
Men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. And If you do regularly drink up to this amount, you should make sure you spread your drinking over 3 or more days. Otherwise you can increase many long-term health risks. These include:
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- liver cancer
- mouth cancer
- head and neck cancer
- breast cancer
- bowel cancer
- sexual problems, such as impotence or premature ejaculation
But drinking too much can bring more immediate health risks too – such as accidents and injuries, violence and antisocial behaviour, and sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancies resulting from drunken unsafe sex.
Alcohol can make a big difference to your weight as well. Did you know a pint of lager has about the same calorie count as a packet of crisps? And the average wine drinker in England takes in around 2,000kcal from alcohol every month.