Regularly drinking too much alcohol can have severe effects on your health. There are over 60 medical conditions that you may be at increased risk of by drinking above the guidelines, including mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers, high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver and depression.

Whilst it is true that many adults enjoy alcohol in moderation, increasing numbers are drinking in a way that may adversely affect their health and well-being.

Men and women are now advised not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Spread your drinking evenly over 3 days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

It is safest not to drink at all during pregnancy.

Understanding how many units you’re consuming or realising that alcohol can cause unhealthy weight gain or other concerns may make you want to change your drinking habits. You can make informed choices and start to make positive changes to your lifestyle, limiting the impact that alcohol has on you and the people around you.

Benefits of cutting down

The immediate effects of cutting down include:

  • feeling better in the mornings

  • being less tired during the day

  • your skin may start to look better

  • you'll start to feel fitter

  • you may stop gaining weight

For long term benefits and practical tips to help you cut down visit the NHS Choices website

If you are worried that you may have become dependent on alcohol, contact your GP or North Tyneside Recovery Partnership on 0191 240 8122. You can visit the NTRP website here