According to the Men’s Health Forum, men are more likely to drink alcohol and drink at hazardous levels than women.

Here’s our advice on how to drink in moderation.

While many people in this country enjoy an occasional drink, some may find it difficult to moderate their alcohol intake, especially over the festive season.

Alcohol affects your physical coordination and blurs your vision, so it’s no surprise that drinking heavily in the short term can make you more susceptible to having an accident or injury. If you drink too much in the long term, it can increase your risk of serious health problems.

According to Alcohol Concern, alcohol is linked to more than 60 medical conditions, with some of the most common including liver disease, heart problems, stroke, cancer, pancreatitis, diabetes, and mental illness.

The NHS also claims drinking too much over a long period can lead to health risks such as dementia, infertility and male sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction (impotence) and premature ejaculation.

Current Drinking Guidelines:

The Chief Medical Officer’s current guidelines for adult men and women who drink regularly or frequently, most weeks, include:

It’s safest not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis, a unit is:

  • Slightly less than half a pint of standard beer or lager (4% ABV)
  • A single shot (25ml) of sprits (40% ABV)
  • Slightly less than half of 175ml of wine (13% ABV)

If you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week, it’s best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days.
If you want to cut down, a good way to achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week

How to Spot a Problem Drinker:

To find out if you may have a problem with alcohol, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you regularly exceed the recommended weekly alcohol limit
  • Do you find it difficult to stop drinking once you’ve started
  • Are you always thinking about when you’ll have your next drink?
  • Do you ever feel guilty about how much you drink or feel you should cut down?
  • Do you only consider socialising if alcohol is involved?
  • Do you often find you can’t remember what happened while you were drinking?
  • Do you need drink first think in the morning to help with hangover symptoms or to steady your nerves?
  • Have you missed important events of appointments because you’d had too much to drink or were hung-over?
  • Do you feel shaky, sweaty or nauseated and then feel better after having a drink?

Talk to your GP if any of these apply to you.