Am I drinking too much?

One very simple guide is based on units. A unit is about equivalent to the amount of alcohol you would find in a half pint of ordinary strength bitter, a small glass of wine, or a single measure of spirits.

The Health Service recommends a maximum weekly consumption, for adults in good health, of 14 units for women and 21 units for men.

The guideline is a daily limit of no more than four units for men, and three units for women, with at least two alcohol free days in a week.

However, these are maximums - for adults in good health. These safe drinking limits do not apply to everyone. People metabolize alcohol more slowly as they age, so the recommendation is that older men drink no more than two units in one day, and older women only one.

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