When offered alcohol, Say ‘When’ Sooner is the message from the Irish Heart Foundation for Heart Month in September.
The consequences of drinking more than the recommended limit, it says, are higher risk of stroke, cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) and atrial fibrillation, among other things.
IHF medical director Dr Angie Brown says cutting alcohol can lead to dramatic health improvements.
Most Irish people vastly underestimate how much they drink, according to a Health Research Board report. Also, a survey by Ipsos MRBI for the IHF, found only 9 per cent of Irish adults know how much is in a standard drink.