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Alcohol plays a big part at Christmas time, parties, company functions, weddings and other events. But it’s easy to enjoy yourself and not think about what alcohol is doing to your body. Regularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week risks damaging your health. There is no safe drinking level, drinking less than 14 units a week only puts you at a ‘low risk’.
Alcohol is a factor of more than 60 medical conditions, including high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and depression.
Wine, beer, ciders and spirits all contain alcohol. Alcohol in our drinks is a chemical called ethanol. Alcohol is made up of fermented grains, fruit and vegetables, barley and rye.
One unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol, units are the best way to determine how strong your drink is. For an average adult, it takes about an hour to process one unit of alcohol until there’s none left in the bloodstream.
Alcohol is a drug, therefore it is a poison and can have lethal consequences if abused. Alcohol poisoning occurs when the body has consumed more alcohol in a short time than it can process. If an individual consumes more alcohol before the body has had a chance to break it down, that alcohol remains in their bloodstream, increasing their BAC (blood alcohol concentration)
What are the symptoms?
If you are a very heavy drinker or an alcoholic, seek professional advice and support from your GP or an alcohol service before attempting to go teetotal, as withdrawal symptoms can pose a risk to health.
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking habits, you can visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for help, advice and tools. 24/7 Health & Wellbeing Services Our health insurance policies give you access to our Health and Wellbeing services, offering you 24/7 support when you need it. Get your free online quote today to see how little it could cost you.
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