Many people are guilty of having one too many alcoholic drinks over the festive season – but do they really know the impact this can have on them?
This Alcohol Awareness Week (19-25 November) East Riding Health Trainers are raising awareness about the impacts of bingeing on booze during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday.
The service, run by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, is warning people of the danger drinking to unwind or to socialise with friends can bring.
Service Manager Natalie Belt said:
Alcohol awareness is very important towards the end of the year when everyone is celebrating.
Alcohol can cause more than 60 medical conditions and unsafe behaviour, so we are urging people to be more aware of how much they are drinking and whether this is safe.
It is recommended that men drink no more than three to four units of alcohol a day and women no more than two or three.
But many people are unaware of what units mean in terms of what they drink – and as a result have no idea if they are drinking too much.
Many people in the UK will now be attending office nights out or Christmas parties without realising how many units they are drinking and how long the alcohol will take to leave their system.
It takes about an hour for the body to break down a single unit of alcohol, equivalent to three hours for one large glass of wine.
This timescale can vary depending on factors such as weight, age, sex and metabolism.
Next time someone wakes up from a night of drinking and jumps in the car, they should think about whether the alcohol they drank will still be in their system and if they are safe enough to drive.
There are 9,990 drink-driving casualties per year in the UK and almost a quarter of drinkers consume alcohol in a harmful way.
This is not only a problem among people under 30, an age group which saw a 117 per cent increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2017.
Admissions of people aged 60 to 74 have rocketed by 150 per cent during the same period.
This year the theme of Alcohol Awareness Week is ‘Change’ with the public health campaign urging people to come together to make changes to reduce their alcohol intake and share the tools and support needed to make that happen.
If someone is concerned about their drinking or would like further information on units of alcohol and staying safe during the festive season, they are urged to contact Health Trainers on 0800 9177752 or by emailing HNF-TR.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Health Trainer service offers personal support and motivation to people across East and North Yorkshire for a variety of topics including smoking, weight management and mental wellbeing. For more information visit www.nhs-health-trainers.co.uk