Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Drink Too Many a Day Will Harm You

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Drink Too Many a Day Will Harm You

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NEWCASTLE GPs are encouraging local people to be drink aware and not let alcohol sneak up on you.

Dr Relton Cummings, chair of TyneHealth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Dr Guy Pilkington, who leads Newcastle Bridges CCG, are reminding people that what may seem like just a little more alcohol can do a lot of harm to your body. "Regularly drinking over the lower-risk guidelines will increase the chances of doing serious harm," said Dr Cummings.

"It's that extra glass or two in the evening - most evenings - that can do almost all the damage.

"The trouble is that drink sneaks up on our organs too, giving the body a hard time. Regularly drinking over the guidelines can lead to serious health problems, from liver damage to a greater risk of getting cancer or having a heart attack."

Dr Pilkington added: "There's no need to stop drinking alcohol altogether.

All you need to do, if you choose to drink, is to stick within the guidelines.

"No one can say that drinking alcohol is absolutely safe but, by keeping within these guidelines, there's only a low risk of causing harm to most people.

"If you have physical withdrawal symptoms like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have a first drink of the day, you should speak to your GP before stopping completely as they can offer you help and support to reduce your drinking safely."

There are many different ways that alcohol can damage our bodies.

The problem is, drink sneaks up on us - its hidden harms usually only surface after a number of years. Most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren't addicted to alcohol.

They're simply people who have regularly drunk more than the guidelines for some years.

Regularly drinking over the lower-risk guidelines increases the chances of suffering from...

Cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus or larynx.

Breast cancer in women. * Stroke. * Heart disease or an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to he attack. eart High blood pressure.

Liver damage such as cirrhosis a liver cancer. and Pancreatitis. Depression, memory loss, br damage or dementia.

ra* Reduced fertility.

Dr Cummings said: "The more y drink, the greater the risk. you "Drinking less now can make a difference to your health later on. big "And for those who already hav medical condition such as diabetes high blood pressure, or are suffer from depression or anxiety, alco often makes life worse. ve as or ring ohol "Two large glasses of wine or mor day could make you three times m likely to get mouth cancer. re a more "Alcohol is often used to socialise and to reduce some inhibitions.

"But too much in a night can affect your judgment.

"It can also increase the risk of bad choices, of sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy and can even increase vulnerability to assault. …

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