Government health experts recommend that women shouldn’t regularly drink more than two to three units a day. A new European study into binge drinking shows that not only are women in the UK binge drinking more than our European counterparts but are also as likely to binge as men. The research found that 8% of British women regularly binge drink.
A binge is considered to be drinking twice the recommended daily guideline, 6 units for women. By doing this on a regular basis it can have a significant effect on the heart and liver in comparison to spreading the same amount of alcohol over several days.
Commenting on the study Professor Mark Bellis from Liverpool’s John Moores University said: “People don’t realise the dangers associated with bingeing.”
A further concern is that the Oxford Medical Journal – Alcohol and Alcoholism, has also reported that Britons were more likely to progress from binge drinkers to being classified as heavy drinkers.