Meet the Alcohol Champions! A team of inspiring individuals who are raising awareness of alcohol risks in NE Essex!
Look out!..For our road shows in your area where we will be challenging you to pour out what you think ONE unit of your favourite drink is; inviting you to try on a pair of our drunk goggles and offering you the chance to look at how risky your drinking habits are! And of course what steps you can take to reduce these risks.
Did you know?
Around 40% of patients admitted to Accident and Emergency are diagnosed with alcohol related injuries or illnesses, many of which result from binge drinking .
Experts estimate alcohol is responsible for at least 33,000 deaths in the UK each year.
While rates of liver disease are falling in the rest of Europe, they are rising in the UK.
Its never too late to change! What are YOU waiting for?
Seeing a Health Trainer about ways to reduce your drinking can give you the head start you need!
Click here to find out more about Health Trainers
Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Out and about
- Ask for a small glass of wine – as well as serving wine in smaller 175ml glasses, some bars serve 125ml glasses of wine – that can be one and a half units of alcohol.
- Drink spritzers if you like wine, or pints of shandy if you are a lager drinker. You will get a large drink, but one that contains less alcohol.
- Opt for half pints if you prefer higher strength lager or try lower strength beer you - really won’t notice the difference. ·
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks ·
- Ask questions. If you are still uncertain about how much you are drinking, ask the bar staff. Do they pour doubles or singles? How big is their large glass of wine?
- If you’re pouring your own drinks at home, it’s easy to drink more than you would usually. Here are some tips to help you keep track of your intake. ·
- Measure spirits instead of free pouring them. Invest in some funky kitchen equipment - you can buy spirit measures and pourers in most good kitchenware shops – or online. ·
- Or use your imagination! Use an egg cup to pour measures, for example – check how much liquid it contains first by using a measuring jug. ·
- If you drink wine at home, pour small amounts into your glass. If you fill glasses to the rim, you’ll be drinking more than you realise. ·
- Let guests pour their own drinks. If your half-full glass is constantly topped up, it’s hard to keep track of how much you are drinking.