A new study conducted by the Department of Health in Britain found that moderate drinkers underestimate the amount of alcohol they drink by as much as 40 percent.
The study also reveals that two in three people have no intention of cutting down on their drinking even though nearly 80 percent of the moderate drinkers are aware of the health risks associated with drinking and know that they often exceed the safety limits. The daily recommended limit of alcohol is 3-4 units, or a pint and a half of beer, for men and 2-3 units for women.
The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies said that while many people enjoy drinking in the evenings, they should be aware that their habit could be increasing the risk of cancers and high blood pressure.
"I understand that people enjoy having a glass of wine or beer to unwind at the end of a busy day but these drinks stack up and can increase your risk of high blood pressure, cancer or liver disease. Cutting back your drinking can reduce your health risks, reduce your calorie intake, help you sleep better and boost your energy", Professor Davies said.