Why is alcohol bad for you?
Drinking too much alcohol raises your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts a strain on your arteries and heart, which can lead to stroke.
Binge drinking is when you drink a large amount of alcohol in a short space of time. This is particularly dangerous as it can cause your blood pressure to rise very quickly.
Limits for drinking alcohol
As a general rule, the Department of Health says that men and women should not drink more than 14 units per week. You should avoid drinking a lot in a single session.
Because alcohol has a toxic effect on your body, doctors recommend that you should have two or three alcohol-free days a week, to help it recover.
How can you cut down?
First of all you need to work out how many units you’re drinking. You can find out by keeping a ‘drinks diary’.
For a couple of weeks, at the end of each day, make a note of what you drank and count up the units. There are lots of websites and phone apps that can help you do this. NHS Choices has a range of tools and trackers that can help you.
Find out more
- For more information on alcohol and stroke, and a guide to how to work out how many units you’re drinking, read our guide Alcohol and stroke.