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Lifestyle factor: Alcohol. Official guidelines recommend that men shouldnt regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day and women shouldnt regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day because of the harm this may cause.

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Lifestyle factor: Alcohol Alcohol is seen by people as a more socially acceptable drug, but that's not to say it's any less powerful than other drugs. Technically speaking, it's a nervous system depressant, which means it slows down your body's responses in all kinds of ways. Just enough can make you feel great, too much and you'll have a hangover the next day. Alcohol will often exaggerate whatever mood you're in when you start drinking. It is also a relaxant so, in moderation, it can reduce feelings of anxiety and inhibitions, making you feel more sociable. ...read more.

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Spirits usually contain a higher level of alcohol to wine or lager. While 'Alco pops' and ready-to-drink 'mixers' may not seem it, they usually contain more alcohol by volume than beer or cider. One drink too many can leave you feeling out of control - like slurring your words, losing your balance and vomiting. One unit is half a pint of ordinary-strength beer, lager or cider, one small glass of table wine or a 25ml measure of spirits. Even a small (125ml) glass of wine is likely to be 1.5 units Official guidelines recommend that men shouldn't regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day and women shouldn't regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day because of the harm this may cause. ...read more.

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In other words, you may seem to be getting better at holding your drink when that's really a sign of a developing problem. Alcohol can make you mouthy, argumentative and aggressive. There's no way of knowing beforehand if you're going to turn into a nasty drunk. Serious overindulgence can lead to alcohol poisoning which could put you in a coma or even kill you. Alcohol is blamed for contributing to all kinds of problems in Britain, from violent crime to domestic violence and to car-related deaths. Long-term excessive use of alcohol causes illnesses such as liver damage, stomach cancer and heart disease. ...read more.

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