According to gender-based guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation, alcohol problems are created when males consume more than 21 units of alcohol per week and females consume more than 14 units per week.
It was also found that on average, females are more at risk of developing alcohol problems than males.
Individuals that routinely drink for more than 5 days of a week are also thought to have an alcohol problem.
However, drinking one unit of alcohol daily for 5 days weekly improves health as it provides a protective effect on the heart.
Having said that we’d like to caution that once a person has become alcoholic it’s like a cucumber that’s been pickled it cannot return to being a cucumber and similarly the alcoholic cannot return to drinking one unit of alcohol a day without it becoming problematic.
Having alcohol problems can be harmful to the body as liver and brain damage, cirrhosis, heart attacks and high blood pressure are all possibilities.
Various types of cancers such as stomach cancer are also linked with alcohol problems and it can also damage the pancreas and the nervous system.
Socially, things such as unemployment, violence and crime are all linked with alcohol problems as well as deteriorating relationships with loved ones.
Depression, anxiety and panic attacks (in worst cases paranoia and mental confusion) are also associated with alcohol problems. However, these usually diminish when excessive use of alcohol is stopped.
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