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Proudly serving Orkney for over 40 years

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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.

SOME FACTS:

*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?

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?

FOR MEN:
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.

FOR WOMEN:
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.