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Alcohol Advice

Health | Last updated : 14/08/2016

Having a drink is an important part of socialising for many people.  It is important that you know the facts about alcohol, so that you can drink responsibly. Here are a few hints, tips and facts about alcohol.

Make sure you’ve eaten before you drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water or soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks – remember alcohol dehydrates you. Don’t be tempted to buy large glasses of wine or double measures just because bar staff offer you them. Never leave your drink unattended – always get a friend you trust to mind it if you go to the toilet or outside.

Never Drink and Drive

Keep track of how much you have drunk and pace yourself – don’t feel you have to drink just to keep up with friends.

DRINKING CAN LEAD TO ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, ROAD ACCIDENTS, CRIME AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Don’t be pressured into buying alcohol for under 18s hanging around outside shops – this is illegal and you could face a fine of up to £80 from the Police.

The UK has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in Europe. The Government daily guideline is 2-3 units for women and 3-4 units for men – get to know the unit contents of your favourite drinks so you can monitor your drinking.

UP TO ONE IN THREE ADULTS IS AT RISK OF DEVELOPING ALCOHOL-RELATED LIVER DISEASE.

Drinking heavily increases your calorie intake and is frequently associated with obesity. Alcohol isn’t a stimulant as most people think – it is a depressant – this is why drinking too much can often lead to violent behaviour and impaired judgement. The ‘beer belly’ look doesn’t just apply to men, women can develop a belly too. A bottle of wine has 40% of the daily recommended calories for women. This is comparable to three Mars Bars, a Big Mac burger with medium fries or six jam doughnuts. Too much alcohol can cause ‘moobs’ (man boobs) and penis shrinkage.

ALCOHOL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE DEATHS THAN ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS COMBINED. 80% OF DISORDER CRIMES ARE ALCOHOL RELATED.

On average, 13,000 alcohol-related violent incidences take place outside UK bars and pubs every week.

Binge Thinkings

  • Remember to eat before you drink alcohol
  • Don’t save up your weekly spends and blow it in one drinking session
  • Be aware that many pub measures are large and you may be drinking more units than you think
  • Pace yourself, decide how many units you want to drink in an evening and stick to it!

Dangerous Behaviour

So you’ve thrown some shapes on the dance floor and no one noticed. Your chat up lines were all rebuffed and the cool approach sitting quietly didn’t work either.

Now everyone’s walking home it’s your last chance. It’s time to show off. Show everyone how dangerous and wacky you are.

Every year young people are seriously injured and even die trying to show off to their friends. And usually drink plays a major part in these activities.

So – no car dodging, no Scaffold climbing. And definitely no jumping in the Mersey.

Don’t Walk Away

Alcohol is a poison and can have adverse effects on the body if consumed in large quantities. Make sure you keep and eye on your mates and if someone is taken ill call an ambulance and stay with them. Don’t walk away.

YouTube Generation

It is becoming more and more common for people to attempt to video dangerous situations when they should be trying to run away from them. Always put safety first and never put yourself at risk to get the number one video of that day. You may inadvertently be the star of some else’s video of the day.

SO REMEMBER:

  • Take care of yourself and those around you
  • Do not leave a friend alone after drinking alcohol as it is dangerous
  • Always call 999 if your friend is unwell/ unconscious after drinking alcohol
  • Basic First Aid can help save your friend’s life