It’s the time of year where you really notice how alcohol is linked to a lot of social activity.  As we approach the festive period and in case you’re thinking you might like to give Dry January a go, here are some health facts worth considering:

  • Heavy drinking disrupts your sleep cycle, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish the next day, making the hangover feel worse
  • 10.8 million adults in England are drinking at levels that pose some risk to their health
  • Alcohol is the third biggest risk factor to your heath after smoking and obesity, and has been identified as a causal factor in over 60 medical conditions including strokes, heart disease, and liver disease.

Alcohol Guidelines

  • Men and women who drink regularly should consume no more than 14 units a week - equivalent to six pints of beer or seven glasses of wine.
  • Pregnant women should not drink at all.
  • If you drink, it should be moderately over three or more days and some days should be alcohol-free.
  • Don’t "save up" units and drink them all in one or two goes.  Heavy drinking sessions increase the risk of accidents and injury.

Free Alcohol Test

If you are worried about your drinking, you can take this free test and it will tell you if you’re drinking at risky levels.  You’ll also find handy tips on how to cut down your drinking on the same website. 

https://dontbottleitup.org.uk/?gclid=CMqz--z8vs8CFcSRGwodDdgMWQ

If you want further advice, make an appointment to see your GP.

Dry January

Finally, if you want to give Dry January a go, here’s a link to sign up and to download the free app with a progress calendar to help you track the money and calories saved.

https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january

DrinkAware App

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Visit the Ealing CVS Alcohol Information webpages for further information

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Posted: 27 January 2018