Which kind of drinker are you?
How bad can our drinking pattern be for our health? Doctors and genetically identical twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken want to find out. With the current drinking guidelines under review, the twins embark on self-experimentation to see the effects of different drinking patterns on their health. With Chris drinking 21 units spread evenly across the week and Xand having his 21 in single weekly binges, how will their bodies differ after a month? Catching up with the latest research into alcohol drinking patterns, we ask if moderate drinking is genuinely good for us – and whether binge drinking is really that bad. (BBC)
- Results from DNA tests show that the way we get drunk is affected by our genes.
- Men should not regularly (every day, or most days per week) drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day
- Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day
- If you’ve had a heavy drinking session, avoid alcohol for 48 hours.
Source: NHS Choices.
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Please note: Dr Chris and Xand Van Tulleken, under controlled medical supervision, tested the effects of different drinking patterns on their health. Photo Credit: BBC.