Think carefully before you start the New Year revelry

New Year
New Year

A lot of us will be thinking about where we are going to be spending New Year’s Eve with family and friends.

I would like you to think about drinking responsibly. Did you know:

•Over 45s are three times more likely to drink alcohol every day.

•People who work are more likely to drink alcohol than unemployed people.

•Around 200,000 people go to work with a hangover each day.

•Alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking.

There are many concerns about the amount of alcohol that is being consumed and with New Year’s Eve approaching, the spotlight will again be on binge-drinking. This is becoming more common in the UK and we are trying to tackle this huge problem.

If you want to avoid starting 2016 in hospital, it’s important to know your limits. The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day. That’s equivalent to one pint of higher strength lager, beer or cider.

Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol per day – that’s equivalent to one large glass of red, white, or rose wine. Pregnant women or women trying to conceive should avoid drinking alcohol.

Drinking too much alcohol can put a serious strain on your body. It takes your liver around an hour to process one unit of alcohol. So if you’re drinking more than two-three units per hour, that’s some major strain on your liver.

Drinking more than the recommended number of units over a long period of time, can lead to some major health complications, such as some types of cancer; memory loss, brain damage or even dementia; increased risk of heart disease and stroke; liver disease; stomach damage; and potentially fatal alcohol poisoning.

So let’s help the NHS by keeping our drinking to levels where we’re sociable, and not at risk of needing emergency healthcare.