Why boozing is bad for you

Weight gain, bad skin and the risk of making a fool of yourself fool – getting drunk isn't always a party.

Here are seven reasons why boozing can be bad for you:

1. You'll put on weight. Alcohol is stuffed with calories: a pint of 4% beer or cider is about 215 calories; an alcopop is around 200; a single (25ml) of spirits is 60kcal; a large glass of 12% red or white wine (250ml) is 180kcal.

2. It can give you bad skin.

3. It can make you depressed.

4. You're more likely to have unprotected sex and contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) when you're drunk. They don't call them "beer goggles" for nothing. Read more about sex and alcohol.

5. You could fall off things or get run over.

6. If you've passed out from drink or drugs, it's easier for someone to rob, attack or sexually assault you.

7. You're at risk of having your drink spiked with "date rape" drugs. Don't accept drinks from strangers, and don't leave your drink unattended  take it with you to the loo or the dance floor. If your drink has been moved, looks topped up or tastes strange, don't risk it: get another one.


Worried about your drinking? Call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm. Or textphone 0800 027 4114 for callers who are hearing-impaired.

You can also call Frank's 24-hour helpline on 0300 123 6600.

Page last reviewed: 11/03/2015

Next review due: 30/11/2017


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