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The health risks of too much alcohol

Find out about drinking health risks and how much alcohol is too much.

Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in health

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There's no doubt that Ireland has a drinking culture and that there are those of us who drink more than we should. But not everyone in Ireland drinks, even if it seems that many people do.

Drinking too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your health, social life, and finances.

What are the risks from drinking too much?

Mental health issues

Drinking a lot can lead to feelings of sadness. Many people who are alcohol dependant suffer from depression and heavy drinkers have a much higher risk of suicide or attempted suicide than others. As well as this, alcohol can have a big impact on anxiety.

Binge drinking

Binge drinking is when you have six or more drinks at one time, this is a serious problem in Ireland. A standard drink is about 10 grams of pure alcohol in Ireland and one standard drink is a half pint of beer or a small glass of wine or one pub measure of spirits

Alcohol poisoning 

If you drink a lot you can suffer from alcohol poisoning. This is when there’s too much alcohol in your body for you to deal with. You might pass out, lose control or need to be taken to hospital. Alcohol poisoning can cause death in some cases.


Hangovers aren’t just there to make life miserable. They’re your body’s way of trying to get rid of the alcohol you drank the night before. So headaches, sick stomachs and depression are just some of the possible hangover symptoms. Alcohol is also full of calories, if you a drink a lot it may make you gain weight.

Long term impact

In the long term, if you regularly drink more than the recommended amounts, alcohol can damage your brain, heart, stomach, reproductive organs and nerves.

Regularly drinking too much can lead to dependency or addiction. Alcoholism is terrible for your health and can also ruin relationships, families, your finances and your enjoyment of life.

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Published Feb­ru­ary 25th2013
Last updated July 24th2018
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