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Drinking alcohol sensibly

Drinking too much alcohol can put you at greater risk of cardiovascular conditions as well as many other health conditions. Learn how much is too much and what you can do to cut down.

Drinking alcohol sensiblyRegularly drinking more than the recommended daily limits risks damaging your health.

Most people who regularly drink more than the NHS recommendations don’t see any harmful effects at first. Alcohol’s hidden harms usually only emerge after a number of years. And by then, serious health problems can have developed.

Liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and heart attack are some of the numerous harmful effects of regularly drinking more than the recommended levels.

The NHS recommends:

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units of alcohol a day
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol a day
  • If you’ve had a heavy drinking session, avoid alcohol for 48 hours

‘Regularly’ means drinking these amounts every day or most days of the week.

 

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