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This section of the Healthy Soldier Toolbox will provide you with some informative factsheets and useful links that it is hoped will enable you to increase your own knowledge about the dangers of alcohol consumption.

It is important to know that the government guidelines recommend the maximum number of units that should be consumed weekly is 14. Further recommendations include that you spread your units out for the whole week and allow at least one or two days a week as a complete break from drinking alcohol.

Did you know that regularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol per week seriously risks damaging your health? Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine. Find out more in the links and factsheets below.

Alcohol Units

What to look for

The alcohol calculator is a useful tool to gauge how much alcohol you consume in a week or month.

People who drink heavily have a greater risk of liver disease, heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, increased risk of stroke, sexually transmitted infections from unsafe sex, and several types of cancer. Read about alcohol and its effects on the body.

More specific information regarding alcohol and a number of common disease can be found in the factsheets