Most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren't alcoholics. They're simply people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for some years.
Regularly drinking above recommended daily limits risks damaging your health and can cause:
  • liver problems
  • reduced fertility
  • high blood pressure
  • increased risk of various cancers
  • heart attack

There's no guaranteed safe level of drinking, but if you drink below recommended daily limits, the risks of harming your health are low.

The NHS recommends that men should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day and Women should not drink more than 2-3 units a day.

Further information

To speak to someone over the phone, you can call the national drink helpline on 0800 917 8282.
To find out more and get advice about alcohol consumption, including online measurement tools and free phone applications go to the NHS Choices, Alcoholics Anonymous or Alcohol Concern websites.