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British Medical Journal study is a wake up call

Posted 08/04/11

Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, said: “We welcome today’s report by the British Medical Journal as it highlights the health risks associated with drinking too much, too often.

“Research reveals that two in five people across the region are drinking at or above the Government’s recommended limits on a daily or almost daily basis, which could be storing up future health problems. The limits are 2-3 units a day, or about two small glasses of wine, for a woman and 3-4 units, or about two pints of regular strength beer or lager, for a man.

“It is important that people are aware of the recommended limits and understand the risks of drinking at or above these limits on a regular basis, which include mouth, throat and breast cancer. Most people who suffer from health problems because of their drinking are not alcoholics or binge drinkers but those who drink every day, or almost every day, over a number of years.”

Central to reducing alcohol consumption is tracking how much you drink.

“It’s easier to stay within the limits when you keep track of how much you are drinking,” said Colin.

“People are often surprised to find out how much they are drinking on a daily or almost daily basis as it is fairly common for us to underestimate how much we consume. Keeping a drinks diary is a perfect way to take stock.”

A drinks diary is available at