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Common problems for men and women






                       Alcohol
                       More than 90 per cent of people in the UK drink
                       alcohol. In moderation, drinking alcohol isn’t
                       likely to be a problem, but drinking too much or
                       at the wrong time can be harmful.
                       About one in three men and one in six women
                       have a health problem caused by alcohol, and                                              Picture: © anucha maneechote / Shutterstock
                       according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists,
                       around one in 15 men and one in 50 women are
                       physically  addicted to alcohol.

                       Abuse of alcohol also leads to long term physical
                       health problems such as liver disease and an
                       increased risk of some cancers, as well as mental
                       health problems such as depression, memory loss
                       and brain damage.                              Blood pressure
                                                                      It is thought that around 30% of people in England
                       More information is available from the Royal   have high blood pressure, and many don't even
                       College of Psychologists, who produce a helpful  know it. Though more than half of them are over
                       leaflet, entitled Alcohol - what does it really cost?  60, a large number are younger. Could you be one
                                                                      of them?

                          For NHS guidance on drinking and alcohol,   High blood pressure is common and often has no
                         visit the NHS Choices webpages on drinking   symptoms.
                                       and alcohol.
                                                                      The only way to know if you have high blood
                       If you think you may have a reliance on alcohol,  pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.
                       call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110.               Health professionals such as nurses, pharmacists
                                                                      and GPs can check your blood pressure with a
                                                                      simple test.
                                                                      High blood pressure increases your risk of having a
                                                                      heart attack or stroke, but there are things you
                                                                      can do to lower your blood pressure.
                                                                      For NHS guidance on blood pressure, visit the NHS
                                                                      Choices webpage on healthy blood pressure.




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