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ASCERT Alcohol Services
ASCERT Alcohol Services
Support for concerns about a persons alcohol use and services for family members
Steps to Change
Steps to Change
Early intervention for adults and family members affected by substance use in WHSCT
Alcohol and You Services
Alcohol and You Services
A website with on-line tools to examine alcohol use and referral to support services
Tips on Safer Drinking

Some Tips on Safer Drinking

The new alcohol guidelines recommend that both men and women drink no more than 14 units per week. If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over three days or more with at least 2 alcohol free days a week. You can't ‘save up’ your units for a particular day or a party.

Binge drinking can have a major impact on your health such as causing damage to the liver, heart, brain and stomach. Overindulging in alcohol can also spoil events for you, your family and friends.The male body is made up of 66 per cent fluid, compared to 55 per cent for women. This means alcohol is more diluted in a man's body than a woman's. As a result, women tend to get drunk faster than men on alcoholic drinks.

For small changes that can make a big difference, try to follow these simple tips:

Your body can only process one unit of alcohol per hour, and alcohol can affect each person differently. Pace your drinking, and know when enough is enough; Always look after yourself and know what your limits are;

Take frequent five minute breaks from drinking to give your body time to recover;

Avoid drinking in rounds or having a kitty as this may result in you drinking more;

Keep track of your drinks and don’t let anyone top up your drink until it’s finished; 

If a friend does drink too much, don't leave them alone or let them wander off, rather, encourage them to re-hydrate with non-alcoholic drinks;

Eat well before you drink and your body will be better equipped to soak up the stuff and slow down the absorbtion of alcohol. Go for food that takes a long time to digest, such as bread, cheese, potato and pasta, as this will line your stomach; 

Try not to mix your alcohol drinks, you're only adding to the number of toxins that your body has to deal with; 

Start your drinking later than usual, to minimise your drinking time, or kick off with a soft drink to stop you feeling so thirsty and drink plenty of water or soft drinks. Preferrably alternate each alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink;

A hair of the dog drink might help blunt your headache, basically by making you drunk again, but all you're doing is delaying the inevitable alcohol comedown;

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