The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend:
Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day and men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day.
Regularly drinking more than this significantly increases the risk of ill health.
What’s your limit?
Regularly means drinking every day or most days of the week. Are you?
You should also take a break for 48 hours after a heavy session to let your body recover. Do you?
Do you recognise any of these signs?
Signs of alcohol misuse
Do you repeatedly neglect responsibilities?
The things you should take care of at home, at work, even at school can suffer because of your drinking. For example are you performing poorly at work, neglecting your family or skipping your commitments because you’re hung over?
Are you using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous?
Do you drink and drive? How about operating machinery while intoxicated or mixing alcohol with prescription medication against doctor’s orders?
Experiencing repeated legal problems on account of your drinking?
That can include driving under the influence and being breathalysed or getting into trouble for drunk and disorderly conduct.
Do you continue to drink even though your alcohol use is causing problems in your relationships?
Getting drunk with your buddies even though you know your partner will be very upset? Maybe fighting with your family because they dislike how you act when you drink.
Drinking as a way to relax or de-stress?
A lot of drinking problems start when you use alcohol as medication. Getting drunk after every stressful day or reaching for a bottle every time you have an argument with your spouse or boss becomes a dangerous habit.
Signs of dependence
Have you lost control over your drinking?
Do you often drink more alcohol than you wanted to? Spend longer drinking than you intended or – despite telling yourself you wouldn’t – get drunk anyway?
You want to quit drinking but you can’?
You do have a real desire to cut down or stop your alcohol use but all your efforts have been unsuccessful.
Have you given up other activities because of alcohol?
You’re spending less and less time doing things that used to be important to you just because of your alcohol use.
Alcohol takes up a great deal of your energy and focus
Do you spend a lot of your time drinking? Or thinking about drinking? Or recovering from the effects of drinking? Do you notice you have few if any interests or social involvements that don’t revolve around drinking?
You drink even though you know it’s causing problems
Do you recognize that your alcohol use is damaging your marriage? Do you know it’s, making your depression worse? Do you ignore it causing health problems?
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