Alcohol-abuse: a public health issue
Many people drink alcohol in amounts that are harmful to their health. This kind of drinking can cause death, disease and injury.
In order to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, a maximum of 11 standard drinks per week and no more than three or four standard drinks on any one day. A standard drink is a can of mid-strength beer, 100ml of red wine, or a 30ml shot of tequila, vodka or any other spirit.
Nevertheless, you are at greater risk of harm from alcohol abuse if you are engaging in a risky activity such as operating machinery or driving. Also if you are under 18, or older than 65, or if you are taking other medicines/drugs.
Drinking heavily can put you at risk of sickness or long term injury. The effects can also accumulate. It damages your liver over your lifetime.