Many Australians enjoy a social drink or a glass of wine with dinner. But excessive alcohol intake or drinking too often can increase the risk of alcohol-related disease or injury.
While many Australians enjoy having an alcoholic drink occasionally, it is important to remember that alcohol consumption also carries risks. Binge drinking is becoming an issue for many young people. Alcohol can cause not only health problems but is linked to personal and social issues, as well as accidents, illnesses and fatalities. Alcohol is also directly related to weight gain, can leave you feeling tired and sluggish and has potential mental health risks.
Here are some helpful tips to help you have a responsible attitude to alcohol:
- Swap the pub for movement
Instead of socialising with your friends at the pub, catch up at the gym and do a workout together. Or why not meet for a friendly game of something physical, such as a game of squash? Incorporating social activity with exercise will have you feeling healthier and more motivated, while allowing you to catch up with your friends.
- Keep tabs
Keep tabs on what you drink, how much you drink and how often you drink. It can be helpful to write down and monitor your alcohol on a daily or weekly basis and re-assess whether you are drinking a healthy or potentially dangerous amount.
- Be occasional
Don’t drink every day, select some days that are specifically non-drinking days. When you do drink, stick to the Australian Government National Guidelines for Alcohol Consumption.
- Know the facts
Educate yourself and your loved ones on the effects of alcohol on your health. Learn not only the effects on your physical health, but potential effects on your mental, social and personal well-being. Visit the Better Health website for more information.
- Seek assistance
If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with alcohol, seek assistance. You may find the Alcoholics Anonymous website useful.
Enjoying an alcoholic drink in moderation can be enjoyable. But it should be remembered that alcohol can cause the body harm and therefore a respectful and responsible attitude towards alcohol needs to be undertaken. For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime. Drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion. Alcohol knowledge and education is important for you, your family and your friends.
So know the facts and the risks regarding alcohol and your body.