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Harmful Drinking

Harmful drinking is so defined when an individual drinks over the recommended sensible limits and experiences harm as a consequence of this use.

When drinking over and, up to, more than double the weekly sensible limits on a regular basis, which is around 35 units for a woman and 50 units for a man we can say that this is drinking regularly at harmful levels.

Drinking regularly at more than double the weekly sensible limits would be considered harmful and could lead to alcohol dependency.

When drinking regularly at binge levels, such as every Saturday night, then it is also defined as harmful.

A woman drinking two large, 250ml, glasses of wine, regularly, every Saturday night would be regarded as drinking at harmful levels.

At these levels exposure to both immediate and long term health problems will be increased.

This includes immediate risks such as sexual health, accidents, violence and abuse, long term high blood pressure, cirrhosis, cancers, and heart disease.

The social cost of regular drinking at harmful levels should not be underestimated.

This includes problems at work as well as problems with your partner, friends and family.

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