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Tuesday 30th September 2014
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Are You Drinking Too Much? Take Our Quiz

Drinkers are being advised to avoid alcohol for at least two days a week.

pints of beer smallA committee of MPs has found current drinking guidelines are unclear and need to be revised. Currently the "sensible limits" for drinking, which were defined 25 years ago, are 21 units of alcohol a week for men and 14 for women.

So are you drinking too much at the moment? Take our quiz to find out. Add the number of points for each question to find out the results.

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Once a month or less (1 points)
c) 2 to 4 times a month (2 points)
d) 2 to 3 times a week (3 points)
e) 4 or more times a week (4 points)

2. How many units of alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
1-2 units (0 points)
3-4 units (1 point)
5-6 units (2 points)
7-9 units (3 points)
10 + units (4 points)

How many units?
Pint of beer, 4%, is 2.3 units
500ml can of strong lager, 6%, 3 units
250ml glass of wine, 11%, 2.8 units
330ml can of cider, 5%, 1.7 units
Single (25ml) measure of spirits (e.g. vodka or gin), 1 unit

3.How often do you have six or more units on one occasion?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Less than monthly (1 points)
c) Monthly (2 points)
d) Weekly (3 points)
e) Daily or almost daily (4 points)

4. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of your drinking?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Less than monthly (1 points)
c) Monthly (2 points)
d) Weekly (3 points)
e) Daily or almost daily (4 points)

5.How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Less than monthly (1 points)
c) Monthly (2 points)
d) Weekly (3 points)
e) Daily or almost daily (4 points)

6. How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Less than monthly (1 point)
c) Monthly (2 points)
d) Weekly (3 points)
e) Daily or almost daily (4 points)

7.How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Less than monthly (1 points)
c) Monthly (2 points)
d) Weekly (3 points)
e) Daily or almost daily (4 points)

8.How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
a) Never (0 points)
b) Occasionally (1 point)
c) Monthly (2 points)
d) Weekly (3 points)
e) Daily (4 points)

9.Have you or somebody else been injured as a result of your drinking?
a) No, this has never happened (0 points)
b) Yes, but not in the past year (2 points)
c) Yes, during the past year (4 points)

10.Has a relative, friend, doctor or health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
a) No, never (0 points)
b) Yes, but not in the past year (2 points)
c) Yes, during the past year (4 points)

RESULTS: Find out whether you drink too much

Source: NHS

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