As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, statistics show that our consumption of alcohol rockets. In the UK we drink 41% more during December than during any other month.
The risks of increasing alcohol content during this time of year vary from minor effects such as a hangover to more serious, long-term health concerns. Along with the mince pies and turkey, alcohol will increase calorie intake dramatically; a single pint of beer contains over 150 calories which is the equivalent to a bag of crisps. There is also concern that after a big night out people may drive or be going to work still intoxicated from the night before.
The longer-term effects of binge drinking include higher blood pressure; cancer of the mouth, neck and throat; liver cirrhosis and breast cancer amongst other problems.