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Alcohol has a big impact on us and it is vital for people to understand the consequences it brings. Most people believe alcohol is a stimulant whereas in fact it is a depressant. This explains why drinking too much can lead to poor judgement and an inclination for violent behaviour.
Low risk drinking guidelines are the same for men and women. The UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) advise to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
What 14 units looks like…
If you regularly drink 14 units per week, its best to spread your drinking over 3 or more days. If you wish to cut down on the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days a week.
How many units are there in the following drinks?
You can see how easy it would be to lose track of your alcohol consumption so why not track your drinking on the go. If you’re out and about use the Drinkaware smartphone app to track the alcohol you’re drinking. It will help you stay within the low risk unit guidelines and stay on top of your night out.
All alcohol consumption carries some risk. The risk of developing a range of health problems increases the more you drink on a regular basis.
How does alcohol affect our health?
Alcohol affects just about every part of our body including our brain, heart, stomach and liver. Most of us have a drink because it relaxes us and gives us an initial feeling of well-being. However, drinking alcohol in excess of safe limits can have serious consequences for our health, these include:
How can we cut down our alcohol intake?
Most people who drink do so because they enjoy it. What most of us want is to continue getting pleasure out of drinking without it affecting our health. To do this however many of us may need to think about cutting down. Below are some tips for doing this.
By learning a bit more about what we drink and how it affects our health most of us can continue to enjoy drinking and by staying within safe limits continue to stay healthy. If, however, you think alcohol is beginning to become a problem for you and your family it is important you seek help.
Below are a few useful contacts:
Drinkline: 0800 917 8282
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555