Alcohol Awareness Week – How Can We Drink More Responsibly?

It is Alcohol Awareness Week! Did you know 20,970 deaths were reported in relation to alcohol in 2021? While the UK’s alcohol consumption falls around the European average, the love for indulging in alcoholic beverages remains strong among Brits, whether it’s at clubs, pubs, or even during football matches. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that excessive alcohol consumption can have significant consequences, affecting your health, finances, and potentially others. Therefore, in this week’s blog, we delve into the effects of alcohol and highlight strategies for drinking more responsibly.


What are the dangers of drinking alcohol?


Prevents rational decisions being made.

Alcohol can have detrimental effects on the central nervous system which can in turn have damaging knock-on effects.

Alcohol reduces communication between your brain and body, making speech and coordination (reaction time and balance) more difficult. Over time this can affect your ability to create long-term memories and make rational choices. This prevents you from working optimally which can have damaging consequences.


Damages heart health

Alcohol affects the circulatory system as chronic drinking can affect your heart and lungs. This raises your risk of developing heart-related issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease.


Negatively impacts mental health.

Long-term excessive alcohol use can lead to changes in your brain, which can affect your emotions, mood, and personality. Regular drinking can also affect overall mental health and well-being because alcohol may worsen symptoms of certain mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. You might also experience feelings of anxiety with a hangover.


Alcohol Safety Tips!
  • Avoid drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Slow your intake; know your limits to how much you can tolerate.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Avoid peer pressure
  • Don’t mix with other substances.
  • Seek support if you are concerned about your alcohol consumption.


For more information on Alcohol Awareness Week. Check out Alcohol Change


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Written by Jaya Bart.









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