Are You Drinking Too Much? The Answer Is Probably Yes

It's Action On Alcohol Week and according to stats, young women, like you, are among Ireland's heaviest drinkers.

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Confession time: Here at STELLAR we love a glass of vino at the end of a long day, or a cheeky cocktail on the weekend just as much as the next person, but we were a little shocked to discover that some 88 deaths every single month are attributed to booze and, while overall consumption is down, it’s young women (like you) who are one of the main groups of Ireland’s heaviest drinkers.

This week, for Action On Alcohol week, a seminar called Girls, Women and Alcohol: The changing nature of female alcohol consumption, will take a look at drinking habits among us girls. “We know, for example, the number of women affected by alcohol is increasing,” says the event’s organiser Kiernan Doherty. “We see liver disease increasing and other associated diseases with alcohol increasing across the spectrum of women in Ireland.” Eye-opening? We thought so too.

So how much is too much? The recommended allowance for men is 21 units a week, while for women it’s 14, or around three units a day. To put that into perspective – that’s equivalent to a 250ml glass of wine or a double vodka and coke.

For more info visit drinkaware.ie.

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