Love Your Liver Day is January 1st
1. To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units (for men and women) a week on a regular basis. This equates to not more than one and a half bottles of wine or 4 pints of 5% beer per week.
2. The recommended weekly limit for alcohol is the same for men and women. Women’s long-term health can be affected more by alcohol, but on average men are at much greater risk from the more immediate harms such as accidents and injuries.
3. If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days.
4. If you have one or two heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risks of death from long-term illness and from accidents and injuries.
5. The risk of developing a range of health problems (particularly liver disease, pancreatic disease and many cancers, such as mouth, throat and breast) increases the more you drink on a regular basis.
6. If you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several alcohol-free days each week.
7. Over the Festive period take particular care about drinking large volumes of alcohol over a short period as this can lead to becoming “drunk”, which frequently leads to injuries, arguments, sickness and hangovers.
8. If you are drinking alcohol over the festive period be careful in drinking in rounds with others as you may end up drinking more than you can handle. Don’t feel pressured in to drinking more than you want. Consider having regular soft drinks or water between alcoholic drinks to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.
9. Always have food before or while drinking alcohol as this slows the absorption of alcohol and reduces the risk of becoming intoxicated quickly.
10. If you are going to the pub or a party, appoint a designated driver, who will have all their soft drinks paid for by the rest of the group. The driver will be the team captain and will also decide what time to go home.