If you feel only alcoholics and binge drinkers are putting their health at risk,then you need a rethink.
Many people who consider themselves “social drinkers” are at risk of developing long-term health conditions due to the amount they regularly drink.
Most drinkers are not aware that regularly drinking more than 14 units a week can result to a wide range of long-term health problems, including cancer, stroke and heart attack.
Reduce-risk drinking advice
To prevent health risks from alcohol to a low level if you drink most weeks:
- men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis
- Endeavor to spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
- if you intend to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week
Fourteen units is same thing as six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.
Over the limit
Alcohol sales data suggests that consumption has also increased by 6% per adult over the last 20 years (1994 -2014) with enough alcohol being sold for every adult in Scotland to drink over 20 units each and every week since at least 2000. On average there are around 670 hospital stays and 22 deaths a week is because of alcohol misuse.
Professor Nigel Heaton, a liver transplant consultant, says: “Some people think it’s natural to have a bottle of wine a night.
“It seems respectable since you’re drinking with food and it’s not linked with any drunken behaviour or even feeling drunk.
“But if it occurs regularly, you may have issues later on. Most of us believe that people with alcoholic liver disease are alcoholics.
“You may not be an alcoholic, but if the overall amount of alcohol you drink regularly exceeds the low risk guidelines, it may still create serious harm.”