Did you know that your body can only process one unit of alcohol an hour?
Regularly drinking too much or binge drinking puts your health at serious risk.
How much is too much?
-The UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidance is now the same for both men and women- a limit of 14 units of alcohol a week should not be exceeded.
– Fourteen units is the equivalent of : – six pints of beer (4%); six glasses (175ml) of wine (13%); 14 glasses of 25ml spirits (40%)
– In pregnancy it is advised not to drink alcohol at all, to minimise risk to baby
What are the potential health risks of alcohol?
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Weight gain
- Cardiovascular disease- increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke
- Acid reflux
- Liver disease
- Reduced fertility and sexual dysfunction,
- Cancers of the mouth, head/neck, liver, bowel, pancreas
- Memory loss, dementia, depression and anxiety, stress and anger problems
Is alcohol good for the heart?
The advice on this can be confusing. The potential health benefits to the heart are considered to be outweighed by other health risks ( as listed above) and only occur if the limit of fourteen units is spaced out during the week (ie not binge drinking). Drinking within the recommended limit is key.
How can we help?
See Dr Soori at Roseneath Medical Practice for an assessment of your drinking pattern and complete evaluation of your resulting physical and emotional health. Blood tests can be done at the practice, with same day results. Depending on the findings advice and management will be provided to improve your health and prevent potentially serious illnesses.