So, how much do you really drink?
WE all enjoy a glass of wine or the odd pint every now and again, but how do you know when your drinking is becoming a problem?
There are three main types of alcohol misuse – hazardous, harmful and dependent drinking.
Latest figures, published in the city's annual Public Health report, show that we have 50,447 hazardous drinkers – a person who drinks over the recommended weekly limit of alcohol or who binge drinks; 7,921 harmful drinkers – a person who drinks over the recommended weekly amount of alcohol and experiences health problems that are directly related to alcohol; and 5,420 dependent drinkers – a person who feels that they are unable to function without alcohol, and the consumption of alcohol becomes an important, or sometimes the most important, factor in their life.
During 2010-2011 there were 6,638 hospital admissions in the city due to alcohol.
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Jeremy Prichard, chief executive at the Harbour Centre, which deals with drug and alcohol problems in the city, said the figures for Plymouth are worrying.
He said: "The figures are worrying and nationally, not only locally, there is a real blind spot to alcohol. There's a certain denial that it is a real problem.
"The issues with alcohol for the city are to do with the culture.
"There needs to be an overarching view on alcohol that looks at prevention through education, at enforcing licensing rules, at how many licensed places we have, and about making sure we're not a binge-drinking paradise."
Laura Juett, policy and service development manager at Public Health Plymouth, said: "Regularly drinking more than the recommended daily amount can be damaging to your health. Alcohol's hidden harms usually only emerge after a number of years, and by then, serious health problems can have developed.
"Liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and heart attack are some of the numerous harmful effects of regularly drinking more than the recommended levels. The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. The more you drink, the greater the health risks."