Effects of Drinking

Effects of Drinking

There is no guaranteed safe level of drinking but you can reduce the risk of health problems arising by sticking to the recommended safer drinking guidelines.

There are three categories of risk associated with the safer drinking guidelines:Red-hair-boy

  • Lower-risk drinking
  • Increasing-risk drinking
  • Higher-risk drinking

Lower-risk drinking

This means drinking within the recommended safer drinking guidelines.  Men that drink below 3 – 4 units a day and who have at least two alcohol free days each week and women who drink less than 2 – 3 units a day and also have alcohol free days are unlikely to suffer any alcohol related harm.  ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the week.

Increasing-risk Drinking

This means exceeding the daily unit guidelines on a regular basis and includes excessive drinking on one or two ocassions each week.  We often talk about ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the week. This category equates to men who drink up to 50 units a week and women who drink up to 35 units a week. 

Drinking at this level increases the risks of future health problems:

  • Men are 1.8 to 2.5 times as likely to get cancer of the mouth, neck and throat; women are 1.2 to 1.7
    times as likely.
  • Women are 1.2 times as likely to get breast cancer.
  • Men are twice as likely to develop liver cirrhosis; women are 1.7 times as likely.
  • Men are 1.8 times as likely to develop high blood pressure; women are 1.3 times as likely.

Higher-risk Drinkingaquarius-staff

This means regularly drinking more than 8 units a day or more than 50 units a week for men and more than
6 units a day or more than 35 units a week for women.  Again ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of
the week.

Drinking at this level increases the risks of future health problems:

  • You could be 3 – 5 times as likely to get cancer of the mouth, neck and throat.
  • You could be 3 – 10 times as likely to develop liver cirrhosis.
  • You could be twice as likely to suffer from an irregular heartbeat.
  • Men are could be 4 times the risk of having high blood pressure; Women are at least twice as likely.
  • Women are around 50% as likely to get breast cancer.

 

Remember that the risk increases the more you drink and if you continue to drink over a period of time!