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Dangers of Drinking Too Much

Drinking a high amount of alcohol puts you at greater risk of damaging your health. There are many dangers of drinking too much, both in the long and short term.

Short Term

Whilst drunk you have a greater chance of:

  • Death or injury in a car accident
  • Hurting yourself (broken bones, concussion)
  • Hurting others (fights, assault)
  • Engaging in unplanned, unsafe sexual activity

Long Term

A high consumption of alcohol is linked to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Nutrition-related conditions

For greater detail on these conditions, see www.alcohol.org.nz.

Drinking also affects your waistline!

Alcohol is high in ‘empty calories’, energy that the body cannot use and converts into fat. A couple of glasses of wine can really add up. This article gives a guide to the kilojoule content of popular drinks.

If you are concerned that you may have a problem with drinking, contact: www.alcohol.org.nz or www.aa.org.nz.

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