Alcohol is a poison (just ask anyone with a hangover!)
THE NHS RECOMMENDS:
- Men should not regularly* drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day
- Women should not regularly* drink more than 2-3 units a day
That’s equal-ish to 1.5 pints of lager OR 1 large glass of wine OR 3 small measures of spirits.
*’Regularly’ means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week.
PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY DRINK MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT EVERY DAY:
- could be three times more likely to get mouth cancer or have a stroke
- could be twice as likely to have high blood pressure
- and women could be 50% more likely to get breast cancer
TRACK YOUR DRINKING
To work out if you are potentially drinking more than you should try the NHS drinking self-assessment or download the NHS app to your smart phone.
DRINKING AND DRIVING
THINK! is a road safety campaign run by the Department of Transport. Some of their information is available below.
Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a hefty fine, a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to 6 months in prison and a criminal record. By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road.
BEWARE THE MORNING AFTER
You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help get the alcohol out of your system – it takes time.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DRINK DRIVING
“I can handle my drink.”
Alcohol affects everybody’s driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop.
“I’m only going down the road.”
A large proportion of drink drive crashes occur within three miles of the start of the journey.
IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO DRINK ALCOHOL, PLAN HOW TO GET HOME WITHOUT DRIVING
Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone, or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.
DON’T OFFER AN ALCOHOLIC DRINK TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS PLANNING TO DRIVE
Even if you’re not driving, you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.
DON’T ACCEPT A LIFT FROM A DRIVER YOU KNOW HAS DRUNK ALCOHOL
Last updated 08/06/16
Information correct at the time of publishing