Increased alcohol intake tends to sneak up on us without always realising. Unfortunately drinking above the recommended guidelines regularly can cause long-term health problems.
You don't need to stop drinking alcohol altogether - just make sure you stick within the guidelines.
The weekly guidelines
Sticking to these guidelines will lower your risk of harming your health:
- Do not regularly drink more than 14 units per week - this applies to men and women.
- Spread your drinking over three or more days, trying to get at least two alcohol free days per week.
The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you’re pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.