ALCOHOL Awareness 

Essential Reading

Alcohol - hints and tips


It’s important we understand its effects and manage consumption; often unwanted mistakes can happen as a result of over consuming.

Alcohol Intake facts as a male:

  • More than 9 million people in the UK drink more than the recommended daily limits

  • See government guidance below

  • 6% of men in the UK are at risk drinkers, consuming more than 51 units a week.

  • A quarter (26%) of deaths in men aged 16-24 are attributed to alcohol consumption.

  • Men are twice as likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol.

  • Alcohol is known to affect the production of sperm and limit chances of conceiving

  • Alcohol consumption has been linked to Male impotence

  • Alcohol contains high and quick calorie consumption

    (around 1000 calories for 4 pints of cider)

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression 

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New government alcohol unit guidelines


The government’s alcohol guidelines have changed to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health harms, particularly cancer. New guidance includes changes to the amount men and women can regularly drink, one-off drinking sessions and advice for drinking in pregnancy.

The new guidelines that came into effect from 8 January 2016 will help people make better choices about their drinking.

New alcohol guidelines

The alcohol limit for men has been lowered to be the same as for women. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guideline for both men and women is that:

  • You are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week. This is to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level
  • If you do drink as much as 14 units week it is best to spread this evenly across the week

Alcohol and men


As a man, there is often pressure to prove your masculinity by drinking a lot and drinking fast. But drinking to excess is a big issue – men are twice as likely as women to abuse or become dependent on alcohol.

If you’re a man who regularly drinks above the daily unit guidelines (three to four units a day) you risk a whole host of health issues – from low energy and sexual difficulties in the short term, to heart disease and cancer in the long term.

You’re also twice as likely to develop liver cirrhosis and have nearly twice the chance (1.8 times) of being diagnosed with high blood pressure. 

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Alcohol facts


Much of the research investigating the relationship between sport and social drug (including alcohol) use has shown that when young adolescents are involved in organised sports, sport has a positive influence on an individual’s use of alcohol and other social drugs. That is, adolescents involved in organised sport are less likely to use alcohol and other social drugs.

However, other studies have shown that being involved in sport as an adult may actually encourage greater intake of alcohol compared with non-athlete peers, and that athletes are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviours such as driving or having unprotected sex while under the influence. 

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