Alcohol and You
Drinking too much alcohol can have a direct impact on your health. This may be happening even if you currently feel quite well. You may have some symptoms caused by drinking but perhaps haven’t stopped to think about it – it may be something as subtle as problems sleeping, upset stomach or poor concentration.
Over time, drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of other health problems such as:
- Cancers (breast, neck, throat and mouth)
- Liver cirrhosis
- High blood pressure
Drinking too much whilst pregnant can also affect your baby’s health.
Alcohol also has other undesirable effects – like sexual problems and weight gain. If you’re trying to lose weight and not succeeding, take a look at how many empty calories you might be drinking.
What can I do about it?
The good news is that you can lower your risk by just reducing the amount you drink – and what’s good for you is good for your family too as your drinking may also have an impact on them and their lives. Cambridgeshire DAAT funded a film looking at recovery from alcohol addiction, focusing on the role of the people that love and live with those suffering. Thematically cut from 4 interviews. No Easy Answers
There are lots of tips and tricks to help you stay in control, whatever the situation. How are your drinking levels? Find out here:
- NHS Choices – Website link
- Drinks diary Website link
- Parenting Guidelines for Adolescent Alcohol Use Website link
You’ll find lots of tips, and other information here:
- NHS Choices – drinking and alcohol Website link
- Drinkaware Website link
- Change4life – Choose less booze website link
- Counselling Directory Website link
Downloadable Mobile Apps:
Use the NHS Choices interactive tools to calculate alcohol units, assess your drinking levels and track your drinking over time.
- iPhone tracker Website link
If you have an iPhone or iPod touch you can download the drinks tracker from the iTunes app store for free.