Allister Grant, says: “Those who regularly drink more than is recommended will also often experience weight gain. Alcohol contains a huge amount of calories - one pint of lager can be equivalent to a slice of pizza.
“Drinking can lead to a higher risk of some cancers, high blood pressure and heart attacks as well as other long term health conditions. Dr Grant explains: “A common misconception is that drinks like gin and tonic are low calorie when in fact they’re more calorific because of the high levels of sugar in spirits. This can contribute conditions such as diabetes.
“To protect your liver in the long term it’s wise to look at lower strength alcohols and alternate drinking alcohol with plenty of water. It’s also wise to have days off during the week and to stick within the recommended guidelines when you do drink.”