People drinking at 'dangerous levels'

THOUSANDS of people in Devon are regularly drinking at dangerous levels, the NHS has revealed.

THOUSANDS of people in Devon are regularly drinking at dangerous levels, the NHS has revealed.

More than 2,500 people in the country are putting their health at risk by drinking significantly more than the recommended limit.

Alcohol awareness week is taking place between 19 to 25 October - asking people to 'know your limits.'

Dr Virginia Pearson, director of public health at NHS Devon, said: "Alcohol is one of the leading causes of health problems in Devon.

"It's so easy for people to get into a routine of regular drinking without realising they may be putting their own health at risk.

"Drinking regularly over the lower-risk guidelines (three to four units of alcohol per day for men and two to three units for women) can lead to serious health problems, including breast and liver cancer, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease or stroke.