There’s a lot of talk in the media right now about the effects of alcohol. We help you understand what the real risks are
Following a government survey of 2,000 people, it’s estimated that 4 million UK women drink too much. If you’re drinking a large glass of wine each day (the equivalent of 3 units), then you’re also increasing your risk of breast cancer by a fifth. Make that 2 glasses and the risk increase to more than a third. Three glasses a day and you’re actually doubling your risk!
While it’s true that women drink more alcohol than ever, singles are actually less likely to have a drink every day than couples. Apparently, couples in their 30s are most likely to polish off a bottle of wine each night.
So you could potentially be having at least 3 units a day without realising. When you consider the recommended weekly guideline for women is 14 units, you may be drinking a third more than you should be.
If you’re trying to work out how much to drink, it’s a good idea to use the following as a rule of thumb:
1 x large glass of wine = 3 units 1 x pint of beer = 2.8 units 1 x glass of spirits = 2 units