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Alcohol Awareness Week: sobering thoughts

18 November 2014

People who work are more likely to drink alcohol than unemployed people.

Did you expect that?

It is a common perception that young people are responsible for the increasing cost of alcohol misuse, but a report by Alcohol Concern shows that in reality this is not the case.

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It is the employed, middle-aged and often middle-class drinkers regularly drinking above recommended limits that require this complex and expensive NHS care.

Have a break, chat it through with your colleagues. Don’t let drink sneak up on you. Give your liver a break by having at least two alcohol-free days every week.

Here are some other tips for sensible drinking:

  • Eat something – eating food with your alcohol helps you to pace yourself, and a full stomach will slow down the effects of the alcohol.
  • Pace yourself – enjoy a drink slowly. You don’t have to join in with every round.
  • Watch out for strength – try drinking low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks.
  • Watch your size – ask for a smaller glass. A large glass of wine is equivalent to roughly a third of a bottle!
  • Keep track – statistics suggest that those of us who drink at home often pour much more than the standard pub measures of drinks, and are less likely to stick to the recommended daily limits. Try keeping a drinking diary.
  • Hydrate – alcohol is a diuretic, which means it will dehydrate you. Drink water regularly whether you’re drinking at home or in a pub.
  • Take a break – Government advice is to have at least two alcohol-free days every week.
  • It’s ok to turn down alcohol – not everyone drinks alcohol: it’s OK to say no!

Jennifer Prosser

Staff Occupational Health and Wellbeing Advisor