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Alcohol Consumption Questionnaire
“Alcohol - Not the Answer”
Many people have found themselves drinking more during the pandemic – and at levels that can harm health.
It is more important than ever before to look after our mental wellbeing and physical health – and cutting back on alcohol can help us do that.
Alcohol can be more harmful than you realise and just a couple of glasses a night can put you at greater risk.
Drinking no more than 14 units a week helps keep risks from alcohol low.
- Alcohol use, especially heavy use, can weaken the immune system and can reduce the ability to cope with infectious diseases such as coronavirus
- Alcohol will not stimulate immunity and virus resistance – it will not destroy the virus
From the World Health Organisation
Cancer: alcohol raises the risks of at least seven types of cancer – of the breast, bowel, mouth, larynx, oesophagus, upper throat and liver. See more at http://www.reducemyrisk.tv/types-of-cancer/
Heart: Drinking can have a harmful effect on your heart. Alcohol can cause abnormal heart rhythms and damage to the heart muscle. See more information about alcohol and cardiovascular disease from the British Heart Foundation.
Stroke: alcohol can increase the risk of stroke, even if you don’t drink very large amounts. If you’ve had a stroke, alcohol could increase your risk of another stroke. This is because alcohol contributes to a number of medical conditions that are risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight, an irregular heartbeat and liver damage. See more information about alcohol and stroke from the Stroke Association
Blood pressure: Regularly drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels which can lead to other serious health conditions. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. More than 1 in 4 adults nationally are living with high blood pressure. See more information about alcohol and hypertension from the Stroke Association
Alcohol is sometimes used by people to try and help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, but excessive drinking is likely to make those symptoms worse. Managing your drinking and getting the right support are crucial to good mental health. See Alcohol Change.
About 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
Liver: Drinking too much alcohol over a long period of time means the liver doesn’t get a chance to recover. This can result in serious and permanent damage. Alcohol is the leading cause of liver disease in the UK, which is the biggest killer of 35 to 49-year olds[iv].
Many people aren’t sure about the number of calories in their drinks but reducing your drinking is an important way to help you lose weight.
Being overweight can lead to many serious health conditions and can increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases such as heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Visit http://www.reducemyrisk.tv/hint/how-many-calories-are-in-alcohol/
Social distancing: Alcohol can blur the lines when it comes to social distancing. It is more important than ever to keep track of our drinking to protect ourselves and others.
If you reduce your drinking, your body and mind will thank you.
Reducing your drinking can reduce your risks, do wonders for your waist-line and bank balance and generally make you feel lots better in yourself.
Staying within 14 units a week is the best thing we can all do to keep our risks from alcohol low to stay healthy right now. Fourteen units a week means around six pints of regular strength beer or lager, six standard glasses of wine or seven double 25ml measures of spirits.
Taking more drink free days is a good way to cut down. Having days where you don’t drink can help your body recover and break the cycle of daily drinking. The Drink Free Days app can help http://www.reducemyrisk.tv/support/