The effects of drinking

Whatever your reason to enjoy a drink, make sure you are making the right choices, by understanding alcohol and its effects.

Alcohol and your health

You do not need be drinking above recommended levels for alcohol to put your health at risk.

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Alcohol and your weight

Did you know that a couple of drinks most days could be having a serious effect on your waistline? The fact is alcohol is fattening - two large gin and tonics have the same calorie content as a burger!

As well as the long-term weight gain, there are also immediate effects on how we feel about our weight when we’ve over indulged.

Drinking too much can impact more than just our health

Relationships

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Mental wellbeing

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Alcohol and pregnancy

Whether you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s important to remember that drinking alcohol at any stage during pregnancy can put your baby at risk.

Risks include your baby being born early or with a low birth weight. Alcohol use in pregnancy can affect how your baby’s brain and body develop and cause Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

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