Alcohol

When it comes to alcohol, you may hear different messages about whether it is good or bad for your health. You may also wonder ‘how much is too much?’

High blood pressure is the top risk for stroke. Drinking less alcohol is just one of the ways you can reduce your risk.

Research found that less than 3% of Irish adults can correctly identify the HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption. Drinking above these guidelines can increase your chance of developing high blood pressure.

Keep track and always stick to the low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption. Remember, these are guidelines – not a target.

The recommended maximum weekly limits for men and women

For women, the recommended maximum limit is 11 standard drinks a week. For men, the recommended maximum limit is 17 standard drinks a week.

What is a standard drink?

A standard drink is a specific quantity, based on it containing 10 grams of alcohol.

Remember, these are guidelines – not a target.

Alcohol, calories and weight

Being overweight increases your risk of having a stroke. Alcoholic drinks tend to be very high in calories, so regularly drinking lots of alcohol can make it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

 

How can I cut down?

 

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