ALCOHOL ADVISORY SERVICE
We help people who are suffering from the effects of alcohol misuse, either through their own excessive drinking or because someone they are close to (partner, family member, friend) is drinking too much.
We also encourage those who do drink, to do so responsibly, within safe limits and without causing harm to themselves or others.
Our aim is to limit the effects of alcohol misuse on individuals, families and the community, by providing a range of services and activities.
- Alcohol is the most widely used behaviour altering drug in our society. In Scotland, 90% of adults drink it, Therefore, it is hardly surprising that people often ask, “What’s wrong with having a drink now and then?”. The answer is - nothing - if that’s what it is, NOW AND THEN.
- For most people, drinking is very enjoyable - provided it is done in moderation.
- Drinking too much alcohol or drinking inappropriately can lead to health and/or social problems.
- Even small amounts of alcohol have an affect on our behaviour to some extent.
- The more someone uses alcohol and the more often they do so, the higher the risks of harm becomes.
- Alcohol is associated with 1 in 3 marital break ups.
- In Scotland, alcohol is associated with 50% of homicides.42% of admissions with serious head injuries to Scottish Hospitals are alcohol related.
- For every one drug death in Scotland there are three alcohol deaths.*
*This statistic only includes categories from the ICD (coding) Alcoholic psychoses, Alcohol fatty liver. Deaths due to other diseases, fire, accident, drowning etc… in which alcohol played a major role are not included.
WHAT IS A UNIT?
- 1/2 pint of ordinary beer, lager or cider
- 1 pub measure (1/6 gill) of spirits
- 1 glass of table wine
- 1 small glass of sherry or vermouth
The amount of alcohol contained in each of the above drinks is referred to as one unit of alcohol. Strong beers, lagers or ciders contain up to three times as much alcohol as ordinary varieties.
WHAT IS A SENSIBLE LIMIT?
The following limits per week are recommended in order to minimise the risk of health problems:
Men: 3-4 Units or Less Daily
Women: 2-3 Units or Less Daily
With at least one or two alcohol free days during the week
NOTE:There are times when even one or two drinks can be too much - for example, if driving or operating machinery. It can also be dangerous to drink alcohol if taking certain types of medication. If in any doubt about this, consult your doctor.
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
Drinking 30 units of alcohol per week means there is increasing danger of developing alcohol-related health problems.
Drinking 50 units or more per week is definitely harmful to health.
Drinking 20 units of alcohol per week means there is increasing danger of developing alcohol-related health problems.
Drinking 35 units or more per week is definitely harmful to health.