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Alcohol is high in calories (energy|) and can play a significant part in weight gain.
Alcohol is also linked with an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Sticking to sensible drinking guidelines is good for your health and your waistline.
Current guidelines recommend that men should drink no more than three units of alcohol a day (or 21 a week) and women should drink no more than two units a day (or 14 a week). It’s a good idea to have a couple of alcohol-free days each week.
The following gives you an idea of how many calories and units are in certain alcoholic drinks:
Here are some tips for cutting down on your alcohol intake:
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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