Festive Drinking Awareness
Posted by Sharron Price - Health and Safety Adviser
It’s that time of year again, Christmas parties, overindulgence, we all tend to drink more this time of year if we are honest about it. A question we have all been asked by our GP’s or we ask ourselves
“How many units of alcohol do you drink a week?
How many of us know the answer to the question, or are truly honest about it – easy if you don’t drink but when you do, what would you say?
Firstly, what is an alcohol unit measurement?
We all have our favourite glass. Glasses vary in sizes, the drink itself varies in the amount of alcohol strengths within them. How many units of alcohol is in your tipple when you pour into your favourite glass?
For guidance only, the table below lists average units found in various drinks:
Remember drinking above 14 units per week may increase your chances of developing:The weekly limit of recommended units for men and women is 14 units of alcohol per week. If you choose to drink, spread your intake over 3 or more days. This allows for alcohol free days so the body can repair itself, you are not advised to binge drink i.e. saving your alcohol units to use in one day.
Excessive alcohol has been strongly linked to depression, resulting in self-harming and even suicide.
Do you have a problem with controlling your alcohol intake, signs could include:
If you reduce your drinking you will find several benefits such as:
Realising you may have a drink problem is the first step in getting help.
In England 31 men in every 100 and 16 women in every 100 drink more than 14 units per week.
In the short term, reducing or stopping drinking is the place to start, however most people will need further support. Speak to your GP or alcohol service for long term support, self-help or groups such as AA or SMART can be found in most areas.
These are to name but a few.
Splitting headache, sickness, dizziness, sluggish and dehydration are all the results of drinking too much.
To avoid the hangover in the first place:
Ok, so you ignored the above advise, so how do you treat a hangover:
After a heavy night drinking doctors advise that you wait 48 hrs before drinking to allow the body to recover.
Lastly, if you do feel you have a drinking problem seek the help and support which is out there. And for more information on Alcohol Awareness take a look at our eLearning.