Many people in North Ayrshire drink alcohol or know someone who does. However many people are still unsure exactly how much alcohol is in their drink, how alcohol might affect them, or where to find information or support to help them cut back.
It is very easy to have a drink to many and over time it is easy for alcohol to start having an impact on our lives. Drinking alcohol is never risk free but if we stick to the sensible drinking guidelines the risk is reduced.
Women shouldn't regularly drink more than 2-3 units (equivalent to a 175ml glass of 13% wine) of alcohol a day, and men 3-4 units (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% lager). We should all try to take at least two alcohol-free days a week to give our body a break.
If you are pregnant or trying for a baby drinking no alcohol is the safest option.
Tips for Sensible Drinking
- Remember size isn’t
everything – A large glass of white wine can contain 3 units of alcohol – think
about how that adds up over a night if you’re drinking more than
- Set yourself a
drinking budget and stick to it – Think about how much you’re going to drink
before you go on a night out. One way of making sure you don’t go over this is
to take only enough money to buy the drinks you want (and a bit more to get you
- Eat before you drink –
Eat a good meal before you start drinking, or enjoy some snacks while you drink.
This helps to slow down the effect of alcohol on your
- Alternate alcohol with
soft drinks or water – It will help you cut down the number of units you consume
and avoid a hangover the next day. Drink water regularly whilst you’re out
drinking and also when you get home to keep hydrated.
- Keep the sensible
drinking guidelines in mind – The guidelines are lower than you might think –
women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units per day and men 3-4.
(That’s one large glass of wine or a pint and a half of
- Have a break – Aim to
have at least 2 alcohol-free days every week to give your body a
- Know your strength –
The strength of drinks varies dramatically depending on what you’re drinking. So
make sure you know how many units are in your drink, and keep tabs on your
intake. A cocktail can contain as many as 4 units, while a 750ml bottle of table
wine (12% vol) totals 9 units.
- Measure your drinks –
Use a unit measure cup to keep track of how much you’re pouring at
- Keep a diary – Try
keeping a drinking diary, noting how much you drank and where and you’ll get a
better idea of your alcohol intake.