A5. Support for Drinkaware: Benefits to public health

Benefits to public health

The NHS guidelines for lower-risk drinking is that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units per day and women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units per day.

Binge drinking, often defined as drinking more than twice the daily guidelines in one sitting, comes with its own set of risks beyond the long-term health implications of regular excessive alcohol consumption. People who are drunk are more likely to engage in risky behaviour, have accidents or falls, have unprotected sex or put themselves into situations where they are vulnerable.

There is also the wider social context to consider. Alcohol is now responsible for an estimated 50 per cent of violent crime and more than a third takes place in and around pubs and clubs. Around 23,000 alcohol-related public disorder incidents occur in the UK every week.

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