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Alcohol is a social drug that affects people in different ways. Heavy drinkers and binge drinkers risk serious alcohol-related harm. For many adults, a drink after work, or with family and friends, is just part of socialising and relaxing. For others, one drink is never enough.

A standard drink = 10g of alcohol. This is how much alcohol is typically found in:

  • a 330ml can of beer
  • 100 ml of wine
  • 30ml straight spirits.

What a standard drink

Symptoms of problem drinking

Drinking too much in one session (binge drinking) or drinking too much over time (alcohol misuse) can both lead to long-term health problems.

People who have alcoholism or alcohol abuse often:

  • continue to drink, even when health, work, or family are being harmed.
  • drink alone.
  • become violent when drinking.
  • are not able to control drinking - being unable to stop or reduce alcohol intake.
  • make excuses to drink.
  • need to use alcohol on most days to get through the day.
  • try to hide alcohol use.