Risky Drinking

Risky or hazardous drinking is defined as drinking over the recommended daily limits of three (3) units for women and (4) units for men.

If you drink double, or more than double, the recommended limits at any time then it is defined as binge drinking.

Risky or hazardous drinking carries an immediate risk of danger which includes, arguments, fights, and accidents.

It also increases the risks of illicit acts such as drink driving and physical violence as well as increasing the risks for young children who are being looked after by an adult drinking at these levels.

Remember the only way to ensure your driving is not affected by alcohol is to not drink any alcohol when driving..

Remember risky or hazardous alcohol use increases the chances of unsafe sexual practices. The majority of unplanned teenage pregnancies were the result of risky or hazardous drinking.

Risky or hazardous drinking increases your chances of physical injury and other health problems such as liver damage and memory loss.

It also increases your chances of developing long term health problems for the future such as weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer.

Risky or hazardous drinking also has a negative impact on the bodies ageing process, immune system and sexual health.

It also impacts on not having a good nights sleep and can also impact negatively on our mood.

Alcohol is a depressant drug therefore it is not surprising that risky or hazardous drinking can result in a negative outcome 

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