HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption.

If you are choosing to drink then to keep health risks at a minimum the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommends:

 
 

For men and women

  • It is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

  • If you do drink as much as 14 units per week it is best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days.

ABOVE: The weekly limit is 14 units - that is the same as 6 pints of 4% ABV lager.

ABOVE: The weekly limit is 14 units - that is the same as 6 pints of 4% ABV lager.

Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant or think you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

The safest thing for your baby is to not drink alcohol at all.

The safest thing for your baby is to not drink alcohol at all.

Young People

  • The CMO advises that people under eighteen should not drink alcohol

  • The CMO recommends that children do not touch alcohol until they are fifteen years old, and that even then it should be in an environment supervised by a parent or guardian. 

  • Fifteen to 17 year olds shouldn’t drink more than one day per week and should never drink more than the weekly guidelines for adults. 

People under 18 should not drink alcohol at all.

People under 18 should not drink alcohol at all.


The risks of drinking above the recommended limits

Regularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week can have severe effects on your health.

  • High blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, liver cirrhosis and even cancer are linked to the long-term effects of drinking.

  • Exceeding the recommended alcohol guidelines significantly increases your risk of developing over 60 diseases and affects your mental health and social life.

  • The risk of developing a range of health problems increases the more you drink.


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