Regularly drinking above the recommended limits increases your risk of illness and poor health. Why not try our drink diary on the right hand link to see how much many units you consume on average.
Alcohol can be linked to the problems below:
Problems you can’t see include:
- anxiety, stress, depression, poor concentration
- memory loss and brain damage
- liver complaints
- problems with stomach, intestines and bowel such as indigestion and
- stomach ulcers
- kidney problems
- certain types of cancer including breast cancer
- high blood pressure and risk of stroke
- sexual difficulties such as temporary impotence
Problems you can see include:
- weight gain and obesity
- skin problems including wrinkles, dark circles around they eyes
- reddening of the face – ageing you before your time
What's your limit?
Take this short test to find out how much you are drinking and the possible effects to your health. If you would like help with cutting down your alcohol intake, please see the drinking section of the NHS Choices website.
Your drinking and you
In this six-step plan, we’ll give you ideas on how to drink less and reduce the risks without missing out on the fun you have with family and friends.
If you want to work out your risk category directly from the amount you drink, start with the ‘how many units of alcohol are in different drinks’ section of the ‘your drinking and you’ guide.
If you think you may be developing a drinking problem, please see our drugs and alcohol section for more information.
You can also contact one of the drugs and alcohol team for information about where to seek help.