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MY AUNT SLEEP HER UNDERWEAR. WEEK I SLEEP IN MY CAR. How do you know when your drinking has slipped into something more harmful? Chances are that you consider yourself a moderate drinker.

Perhaps you enjoy the odd glass of wine after work, or have a few pints on Saturdays only and abstain for the rest of the week. And if you’ve been drinking a bit more than usual recently – well, ’tis the season, after all. But with warnings this month that moderate middle-class drinking habits have become a ‘silent killer’ – contributing to soaring numbers of deaths from liver disease – how do you know when your drinking has slipped into something more harmful? Waking up a few times in the night to go to the loo could be a sign you’re drinking more alcohol than your body can handle, according to Rizwan Hamid, a consultant urological surgeon at London Urology Associates. We make something called anti- diuretic hormone to regulate the amount of urine in our bodies, he says. This hormone tells the kidneys to make the urine more concentrated, so there is less volume produced. At night we produce more of the hormone, which is why we don’t need to go to the loo as much.

But while alcohol is in your system, the production of this hormone is decreased, causing you to produce more urine. If people drink regularly, they may accept waking up to go to the loo as normal, but if you are under 65 you shouldn’t be getting up in the night at all,’ says Mr Hamid. Even people over 65 shouldn’t get up more than once. Drinking can make your eyes feel noticeably drier, says Rob Scott, a consultant ophthalmologist at BMI Priory Hospital Birmingham. Alcohol not only dehydrates the entire body, it can also end up in your tears, interfering with lubrication.

Your eyes become more sticky when you drink alcohol,’ says Professor Scott. 8 am the next day than those who didn’t drink. So if you regularly wake up with dry eyes, check that your alcohol intake isn’t to blame. If the thought of a glass of wine is what gets you through a difficult day, it could be the first sign of a more serious problem, says Claudia Bernat, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in London. She says people may think they don’t have a problem because they don’t have to drink there and then – ‘but if you’re spending time in the day thinking “When I get home I can have a drink” rather than “I can see my family”, it could be a warning sign’. People use alcohol to self-medicate, particularly if they’re depressed or anxious, says Dr Bernat.

But alcohol is a depressant, so it can end up making things worse. If you’re self-medicating, it’s too late. We need to try to recognise the point just before that happens. If you’re thinking about what you will have to drink later, that could be a clue. Id”:”3872132062001″,”descr”:”This helpful animation by Drinkaware explains the effects regularly drinking too much alcohol has on your body and the benefits of drinking less. Stomach problems such as diarrhoea could be a sign you’re drinking more than you should, says David Sanders, professor of gastroenterology at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. This may be because you don’t absorb all the excess fluid you’re drinking, and the result is watery stools,’ ┬áhe says.

And stools that don’t flush away easily could be a sign your liver is struggling to cope, according to Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust charity. If this happens on a regular basis, it could be an early warning sign that the liver is not breaking down fat properly because of the pressure of processing excess alcohol, he says. Likewise, if your urine is darker than normal and you know you’re not dehydrated, it could be an early warning sign that your liver is not filtering out dead blood cells and other waste effectively. This can happen before serious liver disease sets in – but it could be a sign you’re at risk. While a couple of drinks before bed may help you drop off to sleep, it causes fragmented sleep cycles that leave you more tired, according to Guy Meadows, clinical director of The Sleep School in London. Alcohol becomes a stimulant when your body breaks it down,’ he explains. It releases sugars and other substances that mean you wake up more.