After the May Bank Holiday weekend it can highlight the emphasis on drinking among the Irish culture and to be aware of drinking limitations. When it comes to drinking alcohol, it is often men that feel they have the capacity to drink higher quantities of alcohol than women.
Recent guideline updates indicate that men should limit their alcohol intake to the same level as women. The guidelines clearly warn alcohol consumers that any quantity of alcohol increases a person’s risk of developing a number of cancers.
The first guidelines were published in 1995, since then medical and scientific advancements have been made in which to further establish the effects of alcohol consumption.
An important message found in the guidelines that is particularly popular in Ireland is ‘binge drinking’. The mass consumption of alcohol over a number of hours in a day and the affects this can have on the body.
Over the past 20 years scientific evidence has be evaluated to aid in the development of guidelines for alcohol consumption. This continued study and growth has led to changes within the guidelines for alcohol intake of men.
The published guidelines state that men should drink the same capacity of alcohol as women (14 units each week). It is important to note that the units of alcohol in each drink varies, below is an outline of a range of drinks with their alcohol unit measure:
When you stick to guidelines of unit intake, you reduce your risk of developing illness and life threatening disease such as cancer and liver disease.
Further studies conducted over in the UK reveal a link between alcohol intake and particular types of cancer. Alcohol consumption can increase a person’s risk of breast cancer, voice box, bowel cancer, liver and pancreas cancer. The more units a person drink, the higher their risk of developing cancer.
It is essential for people to be fully aware of the affects that alcohol consumption can have and more importantly the affects that over-consumption or ‘binge’ drinking can have on the body. The key message to take away from the continuous development of these guidelines is to drink in moderation.
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