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Alcohol affects people in different ways. While a small amount of alcohol may be beneficial to the heart for some older people, ‘risky’ drinking can cause serious health, personal and social problems.


Heavy drinkers, binge drinkers and very young drinkers are particularly at risk. Binge drinking is a particular problem among younger people, but anyone who drinks heavily or drinks too much in one session is at risk of both immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm.


To reduce the risk to your health, you should limit how much alcohol you drink.  See Low-risk alcohol drinking advice(external link) on the HPA website. – the recommended limits depend on your age, gender and other factors.

If you plan to drive, it is better not to drink alcohol at all.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may also affect your baby. It’s safest not to drink alcohol if you’re pregnant.

Where to get help:

  • Your doctor
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797

Is your drinking okay?

Try the online quiz Is your drinking okay(external link)?

Low risk drinking


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