Category: alcohol

Is binge drinking really that bad?


Alcohol and binge drinking

Do you regularly binge on alcohol? Are you frequently dealing with a post-binge hangover?  Current health advice by NHS Choices in the UK offers the following recommendations:-

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

Spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week.

If you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week.

It is also wise to look at the ABV or alcohol by volume content. ABV is a measure of the amount of pure alcohol as a percentage of the total volume of liquid in a drink. It can be found on the labels of cans and bottles, also written as ‘vol’ or ‘alcohol volume’. E.g. wine that says 12% ABV means that 12% of that wine is pure alcohol.

Strength (ABV) x volume (ml) / 1000 = units

Binge drinking can be harmful and consumption of more than 14 units of alcohol can have a considerable adverse effect in one single binge.

Do you suffer from denial? Is binge drinking really that bad?  This BBC2 Horizon production (2014-15) was made with the guidance of specialist clinicians at the Royal Free Hospital, London. It provides evidence of the adverse impact that bout drinking of 21 units of alcohol can have on the stomach and liver, when consumed in one single drinking session.