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 one.
  • 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 home safely).
  • 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 body.
  • 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 beer.)
  • Have a break – Aim to have at least 2 alcohol-free days every week to give your body a break.
  • 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 home.
  • 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.

Useful Links - Alcohol

  • Drink Smarter - Find outmore about alcohol, how it affects mental health and wellbeing, and tips on how you can cut back.
  • Drink Aware - Provides the facts about alcohol, how it can affect our lives, andhow we can make a change

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