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NHS Choices. (2018) Alcohol misuse overview. URL: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alcohol-misuse/

URL: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alcohol-misuse/


Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption (see website).

This can lead to a number of harmful physical and psychological effects, such as alcohol poisoning, cirrhosis of the liver, inability to work and socialise and destructive behaviours, such as drink-driving.

Your risk of developing problems increases with the amount of alcohol you drink. The three main risk categories based on how much you drink, that can be used to help judge your own level of risk, are lower-risk, increasing-risk and higher-risk.

[Note, for information about alcohol standard drinks in Ireland, see askaboutalcohol.ie]

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