Regular drinking, especially heavy drinking, can negatively affect your health. Excessive drinking can damage your liver and increase your risk of cancer.

There is no safe level of drinking, but NHS guidelines recommend that you drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – equivalent to seven pints of average strength beer. You should also try and have some alcohol free days every week.

Many people tend to binge drink, consuming eight or more units of alcohol (four pints of average strength beer or more) in one session. It is best to try and keep track of your drinking as it is easy to become at risk from others and harder to look after others around you.

For more information about drinking, the guidelines and how it can affect you, visit our self-care section. NHS Choices also has lots of information and support on managing the amount of alcohol you drink.

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