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Weekly alcohol consumption

Up to six bottles of champagne at weekends

“For me, drinking is about relaxing and socializing. And with the help of about six bottles of bubbly, I’m very sociable and relaxed over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I can drink cocktails and spirits without getting legless but these days I prefer champagne or wine and they often bring me undone.

I know it’s binge drinking but I don’t aim to get drunk. I feel tipsy after about three drinks and I’m aware I’ve had enough. The problem is, if someone tells me to stop I’ll just drink more.

I sometimes wake up anxious about what I might have said the night before. If I’ve had a big night I don’t remember a thing, so I often cringe when people tell me about my behavior. That is a worry but I don’t get embarrassingly drunk every single time I drink.

There is no history of cancer in my family.”

Description: Up to six bottles of champagne at weekends

Up to six bottles of champagne at weekends

The verdicts

For cancer risk, it doesn’t matter if your alcohol consumption is all in one go or spread over the week. Diane’s cancer risk is increased by the amount of alcohol she drinks. An estimated 22 per cent of all breast cancers are attributable to alcohol, and since this is a totally modifiable risk factor it’s well worth Diane reducing her intake. – IO

Diane’s drinking may have caused chronic changes in her liver. The side effects can mean that some medicines are less likely to work and some, such as paracetamol, become more toxic. It’s not unusual to see people who drink more than two drinks a day causing themselves serious liver damage because they’ve unintentionally overdosed. People with liver problems should have no more than four paracetamol tablets in 24 hours. Diane could also benefit from a liver assessment and Fibroscan. – NS

For heart disease risk, it does matter that Diane has all her alcohol in one go. Binge drinking negates all the potential benefits of wine and actually increases risk for stroke and heart attack. It’s likely that Diane’s drinking is also driven by anxiety, so I would advise her to see her GP. Her impaired judgment when she drinks could easily lead to accident or injury. – DC

The moderate drinker

Weekly alcohol consumption

About one bottle of wine

“I have a glass of red wine with dinner on most nights of the week and I will also sometimes have wine if I’m out to lunch on weekends. I’ve read that it’s good for your health but I would probably still have it even if that wasn’t the case.

I did binge drink a few times when I was younger but I’ve never been a heavy drinker. I think a nice glass of wine adds to the enjoyment of a good meal but one or two nights a week I go without. I drink from my own glass at home. It’s very small and probably doesn’t even hold a standard drink.

There is no history of cancer in my family but my mother died of a heart attack at the age of 50 and my father had a heart attack at 54.”

Description: About one bottle of wine

About one bottle of wine

The verdicts

Shirley’s not doing too badly at all. Her alcohol consumption is low and she is at low risk of cancer of the bowel, breast, head or neck. – IO

There’s no level of drinking that offers an absolute zero risk for liver disease but Shirley is probably as close as you can get. – NS

Shirley is having wine with a meal and at the ideal dose for heart health. But because her parents both had heart attacks at a young age, she should definitely have a full assessment of her cardiac health, including cholesterol, blood pressure and a cardiac calcium test. – DC

Do you need a fibro scan test?

Not everyone who drinks ends up with liver disease but most people have more than one risk factor, for example, obesity, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Shackel says it’s impossible to predict who might emerge unscathed after years of heavy drinking and who will suffer liver failure at a relatively young age. Many people with liver disease don’t find out until it’s too late to fix. A painless, non-invasive test called FibroScan, similar to an ultrasound, can measure liver stiff ness and identify scarring or cirrhosis. A liver assessment and FibroScan test requires a referral to a gastroenterologist but is covered by Medicare.

Description: Do you need a fibro scan test?

Do you need a fibro scan test?

 

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