Alcohol and alcoholism – know your limits

The liver isn’t the only organ damaged by too much drinking. Stomach ulcers, muscle wastage, cancer and brain disease all occur in alcoholics. The incidence of alcoholism is going up fist as more women drink to excess. Early physical symptoms include hand tremor, indigestion, poor appetite, impotence, fits, blackouts, memory lapses and frequent accidents. Anxiety, depression and restlessness at night are also common. Most alcoholics do enormous damage to those around them as they lie, steal and break the law. Half of road deaths are caused by alcoholics. Alcoholism is an addiction but it can be treated.

ALCOHOL: WEEKLY DRINK LIMITS

For men the weekly limit is 21 units spread throughout the week. For women the weekly limit is 14 units spread throughout the week.

How much alcohol is there in your drink?

1 pint of ordinary strength beer or lager contains 2 units.

1 pint of export beer or lager contains 2.5 units.

1 pint of strong beer or lager contains 4 units.

1 pint of extra strong beer or lager contains 5 units.

1 pint of cider contains 3 units.

1 pint of strong cider contains 4 units.

1 average glass of wine contains 1 unit (pub measure).

1 average glass of sherry, port or vermouth contains 1 unit (pub measure).

1 average glass of liqueur contains 1 unit (pub measure).

1 single of spirits contains 1 unit (pub measure).

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