One in five drink at hazardous levels

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MANY adults in Oxfordshire regularly exceed recommended alcohol levels.

And one in five consistently drinks at hazardous levels.

The startling facts are part of Oxfordshire NHS’s campaign to give individuals the facts during Alcohol Awareness Week.

The campaign, which comes to an end on Sunday, aims to make drinkers aware of the dangers of excessive alcohol.

The warning is particularly prevelent in the run up to Christmas, when many people are prone to over indulge.

NHS Oxfordshire spokesman Kate King said: “ “For many of us, having a drink or two is part of every day life.

“But whether it’s out with friends or with a meal at home it can be all too easy to clock up the units without realising the damage we’re doing to our bodies.

“We want people to take stock of how much they are drinking and how often and to think about the longer term risks to their health.”

Those who regularly exceed recommended limits over a long period reat risk of a number of conditions including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver damage, depression and dementia.

The guidelines are three to four units a day for men and two to three units for women.

Take two alcohol free days a week and avoid any alcohol if pregnant.