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Community Safety

Alcohol

We can all enjoy the occasional drink, but it is important to know that drinking too much can be harmful.

Know the facts and count your units…..

Men:
If you drink between 3 and 4 units a day or less there are no significant risks to your health.
You should not regularly drink more than 4 units a day as the risk of harm increases the more alcohol you drink and the more often you drink over this level.

Women:
If you drink between 2 and 3 units a day or less… there are no significant risks to your health.
You should not regularly drink more than 3 units a day as the risk of harm increases the more alcohol you drink and the more often you drink over this level.

Know the facts…

  • Drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis will increase the risk of long-term damage to your health
  • Drinking alcohol raises blood pressure, this can increase the risk of coronary heart disease and some strokes.
  • Alcohol may affect fertility and the ability to conceive.
  • Pregnant woman should avoid drinking alcohol as there is a risk to the developing baby in the womb.
  • Alcohol is high in calories, which can make you put on weight.
  • It takes one hour for your liver to remove one unit of alcohol.
  • Too much alcohol can lead to anxiety, depression, poor concentration, impotence, stomach ulcers, cirrhosis of the liver, and certain types of cancer.
  • The older you get, you r body is less able to recover and deal with alcohol.
  • If you drink heavily in the evening you may still be over the drink-drive limit next morning.
  • Only time can remove alcohol from your blood stream; black coffee, cold showers and fresh air will not sober you up.
  • 70% of Accident & Emergency admissions between midnight and 5.00 am are alcohol related.

How to avoid the risks…

  • Drink lower-strength drinks as this will reduce your limit intake.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks – by having water between drinks – you will be less dehydrated and feel less tired.
  • Use mixers to dilute your drink and make it last longer.
  • Order a half pint instead of a pint or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
  • At home use a smaller wine glass or a half-pint glass instead of a pint.
  • Try to avoid drinking in ‘rounds’ as you’ll tend to drink more.
  • Choose certain days of the week as alcohol-free days and stick to them.
  • Eat before you go out and while you are drinking.
  • Avoid ‘topping’ up your drink, as you will lose track of the total units
  • Never operate machinery, electrical equipment or work at heights if you have been drinking.
  • Always check with your doctor if you can drink alcohol when you are on medication.

* Remember, don’t drink and Drive!

Drink Aware Unit Calculators are available free from the Community Safety Partnership, Telephone 01851 709512 for more information.

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