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The six signs you're a borderline alcoholic and need to cut back

The six signs you're a borderline alcoholic and need to cut back

Big names such as Tom Holland, Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Harlow have given up on drinking.

The six signs you might be a borderline alcoholic have been revealed.

The NHS say 'alcohol misuse is when you drink in a way that's harmful, or when you're dependent on alcohol'.

As many Brits quit alcohol last month for Sober October, many big names in the entertainment industry such as Tom Holland, Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Harlow have given up on drinking entirely.

E‌arlier this year, the Spider-Man star revealed that he'd been sober for 12 months as he used to be 'obsessed' with alcohol.

Harry Potter actor Radcliffe, 34, previously opened up about alcohol abuse during his teen years, which he said he developed to cope with the fame.

And rapper Jack Harlow - who described drinking as his 'favourite vice' - says he no longer needs it.

But the good news is that you don't need to quit alcohol entirely, as long as you're drinking in moderation.

The six signs you might be a borderline alcoholic have been revealed.
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"To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week," the NHS say.

For context, one unit of alcohol is 8g or 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about half a pint of lower to normal-strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 3.6%), a single small shot measure (25ml) of spirits (25ml, ABV 40%), or a small glass (125ml, ABV 12%) of wine containing about 1.5 units of alcohol.

The NHS say 'alcohol misuse is when you drink in a way that's harmful, or when you're dependent on alcohol'.
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However, if you're not sure how much you drink, or if you have a drinking problem or not, Dr Dave Nichols, an NHS GP and medical adviser at website MyHealthChecked has revealed the six signs to look out for:

1) Drink alcohol every day without thinking about it

2) Binge-drink regularly

3) Only socialise where drink is involved

4) Drink regularly during the day

5) Find it annoying when others are not drinking

6) Drink more than the NHS guidelines every month.

You don't need to quit alcohol entirely, as long as you're drinking in moderation.
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Dr Nichols told The Sun that alcoholism is when a person has an uncontrollable desire to drink.

"Their body is dependent on alcohol," he said.

"Alcoholics will usually develop physical and psychological symptoms if they stop drinking.

"Borderline alcoholics might experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, stress, anxiety, bad skin, trouble sleeping, irritability and higher blood pressure.

"They are early indicators that you need to significantly reduce your alcohol consumption.”

He added: "The most common long-term physical impacts of borderline alcoholism are abnormal liver function, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health problems, but these are often hidden diseases and patients are unaware of them until they progress."

You can find an alcohol or drug service in your local area or use the following information to get support:

With You provides a range of support for alcohol, drugs and mental health via a local service or online. These are free and confidential services and include the following:



  • Drinkline provides advice for anyone who is worried about their own or someone else’s drinking – phone 0800 731 4314, available Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Alcohol Helpline can provide advice and support if you’re over 50 and are worried about your own or someone else’s drinking – book an appointment online or phone 0808 801 0750, Monday to Friday, 12pm to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Know The Score provides support if you’ve taken drugs, are thinking of taking them, or are just curious and want to know more – use their webchat or phone 0800 587 5879, Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm
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