WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE
Excessive alcohol intake has been linked to serious health problems and diseases including bowel cancer, high blood pressure, stroke and liver disease. It also affects your family and friends.
Alcohol abuse can also result in foetal alcohol syndrome – where abnormalities occur in the unborn child.
Being high in calories, alcohol can make weight control more difficult.
(For the chronic drinker, it can have the opposite effect, suppressing appetite to the extent that it leads to malnutrition.)
Moderate drinking can be enjoyable and – according to some research studies – light alcohol intake can actually be beneficial to health. One drink per day has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, and red wine may have antioxidant properties. This research is the subject of much debate – and it is best not to use “for medicinal purposes” as an excuse to have a drink.