If the above figures don’t give a sharp focus to the risks that can arise from extreme levels of drinking, then it’s important to go into more detail about how drinking too much alcohol can play havoc with your health.
In the long-term, regular drinking can give way to a number of serious health problems such as high blood pressure and reduced fertility, and a number of life-threatening conditions including liver disease, heart attack and various cancers.
When compared to non-drinkers, if you regularly drink above the recommended daily consumption levels you are at a much higher risk. It means you could be twice as likely to have an irregular heartbeat, up to five times more likely to get cancer of the mouth, neck or throat and up to 10 times more likely to develop liver cirrhosis.
In short, the more you are drinking, the more you are putting your body at risk.
If you are worried that you are drinking too much, you can take the NHS drinking self-assessment test here.