Effects of Drinking

There is no guaranteed safe level of drinking, but you can reduce the risks of health problems arising by sticking to the daily unit guidelines.

There are three categories for the risks surrounding alcohol which are:Red-hair-boy

  • Lower-risk drinkers
  • Increasing-risk drinkers
  • Higher-risk drinkers

Lower-risk Drinking

Those that drink at this level do not regularly exceed the daily unit guidelines which are 3 – 4 units a day for men and 2 – 3 units a day for women. ‘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 which are 3 – 4 units a day for men and 2 – 3 units a day for women. ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the 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. ‘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.