How do I know if I am drinking too much?
Alcohol is measured in units and it is this number that determines the strength of the drink. Alcohol packaging contains information on units and the percentage of alcohol in your drink.
How much is too much?
MEN: 3-4 units in a day. No more than 21 units a week
WOMEN: 2-3 units in a day. No more than 14 units a week.
Give your liver a break! It is also recommended that you should have at least 2 alcohol free days per week.
How many units of alcohol put you at risk?
MODERATE RISK - hazardous
MEN - more than 3-4 units a day (35 a week)
WOMEN – more than 2-3 units a day(28 a week)
You run the risk of developing problems such as high blood pressure, liver diseas e and even brain damage. As alcohol affects your judgement and ability to control impulses you may have said or done things that you regret.
HIGH RISK – dangerous
MEN – more than 8 units a day (over 42 a week)
WOMEN - more than 6 units a day (over 40 units)
Drinking at this level could indicate that you are dependent on alcohol and are at high risk of causing serious harm to yourself. It is not advisable to stop drinking suddenly but it would be time to seek professional help.