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One in ten cancers in men is caused by alcohol. And alcohol is the world’s leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59, according to the World Health Organisation.
Drinking alcohol also puts men at increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and liver cirrhosis.
But it’s not just our physical health that can be negatively affected by the way we drink. It also increases the risk of damage to our mental health, as well as doing damage to relationships with friends and family.
You can limit your risk of cancer and other diseases by drinking no more than 21 standard drinks a week. It is also important to have at least two alcohol-free days every week.
You don’t have to give up, but you probably do need to cut down. If you’re on a night out with the boys, switch to shandies, non-alcoholic beers or soft drinks as the night goes on. Or have a few glasses of water in between beers.
Keeping an eye on your drinking is important if you want to reduce the risk to your health. Knowing how much you drink will allow you to see if you’re within the recommended weekly limit.
And reducing the amount of alcohol you drink has many advantages including:
This short test by Alcohol Action Ireland will help you to find out whether your drinking could be harmful.
If you regularly drink heavily, think you might be dependent on alcohol or are concerned about your drinking, you might like to seek support. Your GP will be able to guide you through the help available to find something that suits you.