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‘Tis the season to be jolly!

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Most of us like a drink or two or maybe three… For some people, they have no real concept of alcohol as measured in units when totting up the drinks. The drink sizes become even more of a challenge when alcohol is consumed at home without the use of bar measures. At this time of year, alcohol can flow freely for the celebrations and there is a tendency to over indulge and be merry.

The current recommendation set by the UK Chief Medical Officer is not to regularly exceed four units per day for men and three units a day for women; the Royal College of Physicians recommends weekly alcohol limits of 21 units for men and 14 units for women – although these are currently under review.

Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant and therefore it slows down the responses in various ways.  It can trigger low mood leading to bouts of depression. Alcohol has a way of helping us lose our inhibitions and reduce anxiety, helps us to relax and even forget our sorrows for a while and therefore it is no surprise that some people use alcohol as a coping strategy for everyday stressful situations.

What more can be done?

The Lancet (Nov 2014) reported that leading experts have warned that a rising number of deaths from liver disease (a third of UK’s commonest cause of premature death) will be unavoidable without significant improvement in treatment, detection and tougher government policies to control the excessive use of alcohol.

Some people believe that wine and beer should have cigarette-style health warnings and calorie content on labels. We all know too well the harmful effects caused by the misuse of alcohol. They range from increased risk of developing high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease and liver disease.

What can we do for ourselves?

Whilst we accept that we enjoy drinking alcohol as a nation, it would make good sense for each of us to take a more responsible approach to alcohol consumption in order to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and liver disease.

At ToHealth, we use a sophisticated interactive health screen conducted by one of our clinicians which enable us to help detect the CVD risks over a 10 year period. There is also a lifestyle screen for alcohol consumption.


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