Drinking too much can be bad for your heart as well as for your health in general – so don't over-do it.
However, drinking a small amount of alcohol each day is perfectly safe for people with angina or after a heart attack. Here is guideline for safe limits:
Men can safely drink up to 3-4 units in one day
Women can safely drink 2-3 units n one day
Different drinks have different units of alcohol, e.g. 1 unit of alcohol equates to a half pint of standard strength beer or cider, a 25ml measure of spirits such as vodka, gin or whisky. A 750ml bottle of wine contains 9 units of alcohol, and 330ml can of premium strength lager has 2 units.
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How many units are in your favourite drink?
The number of units of alcohol in a drink depends on the strength (ABV – alcohol by volume) and the volume of the drink. If it's twice the strength or twice the size then it contains twice the number of units. For example, a 440ml can of standard strength beer contains approximately 2 units of alcohol, a small 125ml glass of wine contains approximately 1½ units and a small 25ml measure of spirits contains approximately 1 unit. Don't forget. The measure you pour at home will be bigger (often a lot bigger) than a pub measure.
Don't 'save up' your units – space your drinking over the week. Avoid large amounts at one sitting.
Here are some helpful hints if you want to cut down your drinking:
and if you are drinking,
If you feel you need help to cut down ask your practice nurse or GP for advice.