~ Health Advice from PMGH – Alcohol – Effects on the body and the importance of drinking responsibly – Part 3 of 3 ~

Drinking in moderation is about drinking responsibly. Making informed choices when it comes to drinking and the amount you are consuming. If you are Driving you should never consume alcohol or make alternative plans to get home or to your destination. At just 0.05 BAC your twice as likely to have a crash as before you started drinking.

The rate of alcohol absorption in the body varies depending on body size, gender, body fat and amount of food in the stomach. The same person can drink the same number of drinks on different occasions and have different blood alcohol levels.

Tips for safe drinking – While alcohol affects each of us differently, there are steps you can take to make sure you moderate your drinking.

Some of the simple things you can do include:
– Set yourself limits and stick to them;
– Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks;
– Start with a non-alcoholic drink
– Drink slowly;
– Try drinks with a lower alcohol content;
– Have something to eat while or before you have an alcoholic drink to slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream
– Dilute your alcoholic drink by adding water or ice.
– Don’t drink and drive
– Drink water between drinks
– Always keep your drink with you to minimize the risk of drink spiking

Remember –
– Alcohol affects different people in different ways.
– Heavy and binge drinking can cause serious health effects.
– Drinking while pregnant or breastfeeding may affect your baby.
– Do not drink and drive

If you don’t feel able to drink responsibly, it might mean you need to seek some outside advice, please speak to your doctor at your local Urban Health Clinic. It is important to keep up to date with regular health checks and talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have.