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The basics of alcohol

Drinking alcohol within recommended limits does not pose any significant risk to your health. The key work phrase is “recommended limits”! If you are pregnant or have been advised to avoid alcohol for any other health related reason, then you are an exception to the rule.

There is a growing concern with the amount of alcohol we are drinking. Binge drinking has been a growing problem for years and some people believe there is little risk to their health by consuming the recommended weekly intake in just one evening. You should also be aware that alcohol is high in calories and can contribute to weight gain.

What is a unit of alcohol?

Examples of one unit of alcohol include:

Examples of 1.5 units of alcohol include:

It’s important to remember that many alcoholic drinks can vary in strength and measures.

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is when more than 4 units are consumed at any one time. It is bad for your health and increases the likelihood of having cancer, high blood pressure, mental illness or a stroke. You don’t have to be considered an alcoholic to suffer from these health problems. People who simply drink more than the recommended intake for several years are at risk.

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