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Most of us like a drink from time to time. It's pleasant, sociable and may help us to unwind. But drinking too much can lead to health problems. Drinking is something to be enjoyed in moderation, so keep an eye on the number of units you drink per week.

However, Alcohol can be good for you too. Research has found that men and women over the age of forty who regularly drink small amounts of alcohol are less likely to develop coronary heart disease. Red wine is thought to offer the most health benefits .

Remember premium lager contains more units and pubs and bars often serve spirits in doubles and larger glasses of wine, so you may actually be drinking more than you think.
Watch What You Drink
  • Alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water or soft drink.
  • Try low-alcohol beer and wine.
  • Don't eat crisps and nuts while you're drinking alcohol as they contain salt that will make you thirsty and drink more.
  • Drink more slowly, take smaller sips and savour the taste.
Measures
Alcohol is a major cause of accidents, so never drink and drive. On average it takes the body one hour to get rid of one unit of alcohol. In general men can drink 3-4 units a day without risk to their health and women 2-3. One Unit Equals:
  • 100ml (1 small glass) of wine
  • 50ml (1 measure) of sherry
  • 25ml (1 tot) of spirit
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) of normal strength beer
Useful Tips
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If you're taking medication, pregnant or breast feeding you should avoid drinking alcohol.


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