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Adults with Alcohol Misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption.

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.

Lower-risk drinking is regularly drinking 21 units of alcohol a week or less (adult men) or 14 units a week or less (adult women). It's also known as 'sensible' or 'responsible' drinking.

Increased-risk drinking is regularly drinking 22-50 units of alcohol a week (adult men), or 15-35 units a week (adult women). It is also known as 'hazardous drinking'.

It is possible to drink hazardously by binge drinking, even if you're within your weekly limit. Binge drinking involves drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short space of time - eight units a day for men and six units in a day for women.

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