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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Guest blogger: Jude Misson, CHSS Health Information Manager
February 14, 2016
How many drinks do you have a week? And what on earth is a unit of alcohol? Here, Jude Misson, Health Information Manager at CHSS, separates fact from fiction:
In January 2016, the UK Government changed the guidelines about alcohol for the first time in over 20 years. They recommend a new weekly limit to minimise the risks to your health. It's best to stay within these guidelines but, the bottom line is that there is no ‘safe’ limit. Read on to find out more:
For people who drink regularly or frequently, the new recommendation (which is now the same for men and women) is that:
But what is a unit of alcohol?
It is an easy way of telling how strong your drink is. The more units, the more alcohol in your drink. One unit equals 10ml of pure alcohol.
So what does that mean in real terms....
Drinkaware has more information to help you work out how many units are in your usual drink – have a look, you might be quite shocked!
Apart from the health benefits, there are other gains to be made from reducing the amount of alcohol you drink. These include:
At the end of a busy day it’s all too easy to reach for a drink. How often do you find yourself justifying having a drink ... ‘I earned this’; ‘it's been a bad day'; 'it's been a good day'; ‘it’s Friday’; it’s Monday’....? To keep on track, here are some top tips to help:
You can find more great facts and tips for cutting down the amount of alcohol you drink at Drinkaware.
Cheers to choosing your units wisely!
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.