Alcohol

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?

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

Short-Term Effects

  • Impaired Judgement

  • Changes in mood

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Anxiety or stress

  • Weight gain

  • Acne/bad skin

Long- Term Effects

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Stroke

  • Cancer

  • Liver Disease

  • Mental Health Problems

  • Infertility

  • Sexual Health Problems

How Can I Consume Less Alcohol on a Night Out?

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  • 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

  • Save money

To learn more about safe alcohol consumption, how to reduce intake, or how to stop drinking completely visit DrinkAware, Alcohol Action Ireland, or ReachOut.