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Fear of beer bellies forcing men to cut back on the booze

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Men are worried that drinking too much alcohol will give them a beer belly or man boobs, latest survey results reveal.

According to the YouGov poll of almost 1,000 male drinkers, carried out on behalf of the Department of Health for their Know Your Limits campaign, one in four men are worried about getting a beer belly, and one in six are worried their drinking will lead to man boobs.

The survey also revealed that 36% of men are worried that booze is risking their long-term health, and more than one in five already feel it is affecting their general health and well being.

Public health minister, Gillian Merron, said: ‘Our survey shows that more and more men are worried about alcohol ruining their looks. It is encouraging that they are also thinking about their health.

‘Men who drink too much are at risk of conditions such as liver disease and stroke, as well as getting out of shape. Unfortunately, the longer-term effect drinking too much can have on your health is harder to spot until it’s too late,’ she added.

The survey results were released today to coincide with Men’s Health Week, which runs from 15 to 21 June.

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