Drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous for our health and wellbeing.
In the short-term, risks include accidents and injuries requiring hospital treatment, violent behaviour, unprotected sex, loss of personal possessions and alcohol poisoning.
Longer term, persistent alcohol misuse increases the risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, liver disease, liver cancer, bowel cancer, mouth cancer and pancreatitis.
As well as health problems, drinking too much alcohol for long periods of time can lead to social problems, such as unemployment, divorce, domestic abuse and homelessness.
To keep your risk of alcohol-related harm low, the NHS recommends not drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week, and spreading this out over three or more days if you do drink this amount.
Visit NHS Choices for alcohol support and advice on staying healthy and in control.