Consuming alcohol alters mood and in excess possess serious health risks. Only you should decide if you want to enjoy a drink and should never be pressured to consume or go beyond your limit. Also, if you plan on drinking ensure you find a safe way home and do not drive!
What is Considered Low-risk Alcohol Consumption?
For Women over 18: 11 or less standard drinks spread over the week
For Men over 18: 17 or less standard drinks spread over the week
At least two days of the week alcohol free
People who are pregnant should not consume alcohol
It is unsafe and illegal for anyone under 18 to consume alcohol
What is a Standard Drink?
In Ireland it is considered 10grams of pure alcohol
This can be ½ pint of beer, 100ml glass of wine, or 35.5ml measure of spirit
How Can I Track How Much I am Consuming?
Measure your spirits; never free pour
Use the DrinkAware Drinks Calculator which can be found here
What are some of the Health Effects of Consuming Excess Alcohol?
Changes in mood
Anxiety or stress
Long- Term Effects
High Blood Pressure
Mental Health Problems
Sexual Health Problems
How Can I Consume Less Alcohol on a Night Out?
Alternate each drink with a glass of water
Finish your drink before pouring another
Get half pints instead of full pints
Decide on how much you want to drink before going out
Use Cash at the bar instead of card
Why Should I Drink Less?
Improved Mental Health
Better Long-term Physical Health
Lower caloric intake which helps to maintain a healthy weight
Increased energy from getting a better night’s sleep