Drink wisely this weekend

There are plenty of excuses to have a few drinks this weekend – with a royal wedding and the FA Cup Final, and Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are asking people to enjoy the festivities safely.  

The Government’s guidelines state that men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, and with just three standard glasses of wine, or three pints of normal-strength beer amounting to seven units – half the recommended weekly maximum intake for an average adult it’s very easy to drink more than you realise.

Regularly exceeding the limit,  known as ‘binge drinking’, places an individual at greater risk of harming their liver, stomach, heart and brain function, and also increases the chances of you contracting several kinds of cancer.

Dr Lindsay Kinlin, GP at The Orchard Partnership said:
“We know that people can tend to drink more than usual when they are enjoying festivities, like the Royal wedding as everyone likes to let their hair down and enjoy the socialising that comes with it, but it’s easy to get carried away and have one drink too many.  We are not saying ‘Don’t drink’, but we are encouraging people to consider their health when consuming alcohol and to drink sensibly.“

To reduce your risk of binge drinking and allow you to celebrate the weekend’s events sensibly, we have some useful tips and advice on how to drink safely:

  • drink more slowly
  • drink with food
  • alternate with water or non-alcoholic drinks
  • plan ahead to avoid problems, such as making sure you can get home safely or have people you trust with you.

Further information can be found on the NHS Choices website

Many people forget that alcohol is also high in calories, and seven units of wine or beer can be the equivalent of eating a couple of burgers –  which takes almost an hour of running to burn.

Alcohol is known as ‘empty calories’ as it provides no nutritional value; do you know what’s in your drink? Visit Drink Aware to find out more.  

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for public health said:
“It’s a great time of the year to arrange a get-together, whether it’s indoors with the TV tuned to the football or events at Windsor Castle, or outside with cold drinks.”

“But it’s also a good time to remember that heavy drinking carries consequences for health, and the best advice is to celebrate well – but celebrate wisely.”

If you would like free, confidential advice about your drinking, please contact the Swindon and Wiltshire Active Recovery Service here.

For more useful information please visit the alcohol concern website.