As well as affecting your weight, looks and sleep, excessive drinking can lead to a wide range of medical conditions, from relatively minor issues to more serious illnesses, such as high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, cancer and even brain damage.
Drinking any amount of alcohol increases the risk of damage to health and that risk generally increases in line with how much you drink. Binge drinking – where a large amount of alcohol is drunk in a short space of time – is associated with additional health risks.
The low-risk limits for alcohol consumption are:
Men: 17 standard drinks (the equivalent of 21 UK units), spread out over the course of a week, with at least two to three days alcohol free.
Women: 11 standard drinks (the equivalent of 14 UK units) spread out over the course of a week, with at least two to three days alcohol free.
To find out how much of your low-risk weekly limit you drink on a night out – and how many calories you consume in the process – try our drinks calculator.