I drink 4 pints a nite. Every nite. Done this for the last 15yrs. Is this 2 much?

It is recommended that we look at limiting our alcohol intake to 14 Units per week, with two to three days alcohol free. (A unit is a half pint of beer/lager at approx. 4% ABV.) This is to give you and your body a rest, you should also be aware of the binge effect. The break from alcohol is important to your body.

The Chief Medical Officers advice is based around risk factors, around cancers that alcohol has affect upon. This includes, Liver, mouth and gullet. The risk effect increases the more you consume, so this new guidance helps us make decisions on our drinking behaviours.

We can and many people do change their drinking habits, please look at some of the advice in the pages on this website. If you feel you are drinking too much you can contact TCA (Tayside Council on Alcohol) or look at getting the drinks calculator from www.drinkaware.co.uk

How much sugar is there in alcohol?

Being high in sugar, alcohol contains a lot of calories. The high levels of sugars in alcohol drinks can lead to increased weight, leading to heart and type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. You should read ‘drinkaware’ if you would like more information on this subject. So some alcohol might taste ‘bitter’ but still have high sugar rates, and remember this is before you might add a mixer which can also be high in sugar.

Can I save all my units up over the week and drink them all in one go? (That is 14 Units for Men and Women)

Units in the UK, the original idea was designed to give a ‘daily limit’ of 2-3 units for women and men, with at least two days off drinking. With 14 units being agreed by the Chief Medical Officers. This is based upon ‘risk-factors’ around illness and cancer in particular.

With changing drinking patterns people tend to drink at the weekends, the idea is not to save up units, this is because if you do you tend to binge, which is seen as drinking just over twice your daily units.

So the answer is this is not advisable, as if you drink more, you are more liable to have accidents, be ill or get into fights. The risk factors increase the more you drink, you loose co-ordination and sense of proportion, you are liable to harm yourself, you should certainly not drive or work machinery or on holiday go swimming. In Perth & Kinross Alcohol and Fire Deaths are closely related, so is drowning’s in rivers like the Tay, which is one of the fastest flowing rivers in the UK, this makes it really cold at all times. For further advice on this you can contact Fire & Rescue at www.firescotland.gov.uk or call 01738-475260

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