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How much is too much?

AlcoholAwarenessWeekCheck how much you drink this Alcohol Awareness Week

We know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for our health, but one glass of wine or beer after work can easily turn into two or three. Before you know it, you could be drinking the weekly recommendation in just one or two nights.

Alcohol Awareness Week (11 – 17 November) is a great opportunity to think about your drinking habits and how you can make small changes.

How much is too much?

Men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – this is the same as six pints of average strength beer or seven medium glasses of average strength wine.

How is our health affected?

Drinking too much can increase your risk of developing health issues such as high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attacks and some types of cancer. It can also impact on your sleep and mood, so drinking less could help you feel more rested, boost your mood and help you concentrate.

Next steps?

You can take a free alcohol test to see if your drinking habits are putting your health at risk. It’ll ask you a few simple questions about how much you drink and will offer suggestions on how you could cut down and what support is available.

To find out more, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

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