NHS trust warns of the dangers of drinking

A hospital consultant is warning people of the dangers of drinking and asking them to be aware of the safe alcohol limits.

Consultant gastroenterologist Richard Thomas at the trust wants to remind people that there’s no safe level of alcohol consumption.

The government’s new guidelines recommended that both men and women do not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week.

Drinking above these levels can increase your risk of heart disease, liver disease, stroke and other diseases.

Richard said: “New research suggests that even drinking within the recommended guidelines, there is still a very small risk of developing health problems.

Alcohol is becoming one of the leading causes of health problems. It’s easy to get into a routine of regular drinking, without realising you might be putting your health at risk.

When I started working as a consultant it was rare to see anyone under the age of 40 with liver disease but now we’re seeing people much younger, some even in their 20s.

“Working in medicine, my colleagues and I see the problems that irresponsible drinking causes, but it affects other parts of the health service too.

“You can still enjoy a drink, but know the safe limits and drink responsibly.”

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