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Alcohol awareness

How much is 'too much' alcohol to drink? Are you aware of how much you are drinking, the harm it is causing and the amount of calories it contains?

Drinking more than recommended can lead to health risks including liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of cancer and heart attack.

Sticking to the recommended guidelines will help you enjoy a drink and stay safe and healthy. Moderation is the key.

The Department of Health recommend that both genders should not regularly drink in excess of 14 units per week. Having alcohol free days can also be beneficial.

Units differ according to the size of the drink and varying alcohol content of different beers, wines and spirits. Often units of alcohol are shown on bottles or cans. Here are some of the drinks you might consume and the number of units it contains:

· Standard glass (175ml) wine = 2.3 units (130 calories)

· Bottle (750ml) wine = 10 units (378 calories)

· A pint of regular (ABV 4%) lager = 2.2 units (180 calories)

· A pint of regular (ABV 4%) beer = 3 units (170 calories)

· Single (25ml) spirit and mixer = 1 unit (52 calories)

· Bottle (275ml) alcopop = 1.5 units (273 calories)

It is easy to underestimate how much you drink. Keeping a drinks diary over the course of a typical week and then calculating the number of units can be very revealing. You can use the tools on the NHS website to help you with this (see link to the right of this page).

Local support and treatment is available from Addaction (Tel. No. 01205 319920).

If you need help, a good place to start is to visit your family doctor.

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