Moderate alcohol consumption can have some health benefits. For men over 40 and women past the menopause, drinking a small amount of alcohol (1-2 units per day) helps to protect against heart disease and stroke.
However, anything more than moderate drinking can negate the health benefits alcohol can have on your body.
In general, the more you drink above the safe limits, the more harmful alcohol is likely to be. Also, binge drinking can be harmful even if the weekly total does not seem too high. Be ware too that alcohol can interact with some medications such as aspirin, antibiotics, antihistamines, antidepressants and sleeping pills.
A unit is a standard measure of the alcoholic content of drinks. It takes into account the strength of a drink (%ABV) and its quantity.
Many people who drink heavily are not addicted to alcohol and could probably stop if there was a will to do so. However, drinking heavily is a serious health risk and you are at increased risk of developing the following:
If you feel you have a problem with drinking that you cannot cope with alone your doctor or nurse can be a source of counseling or support.