Alcohol is one of the oldest and most widely used drugs in the world. Most of us use it for enjoyment, but sometimes drinking alcohol can be a problem. Fights, arguments, money troubles, family upsets, unsafe sex and crisis pregnancies are often the result of having had too much to drink.
Alcohol can be the cause of hospital admissions for physical illness and accidents.
Alcohol often lowers the inhibitions, which can result in embarrassing or dangerous behaviour. It is also important to remember that alcohol can be addictive.
Taking control and staying within low risk limits
For drinking to be considered “low risk”, the Department of Health currently advises:
- Adult women should drink less than 11 standard drinks per week and two alcohol free days
- Adult men should drink less than 17 standard drinks per week and two alcohol free days
Try to cut down to low risk drinking levels by using the Standard Drinking Guide in Ireland, which is:
- For a male, eight standard drinks in one session is considered a binge
- For a female, six standard drinks in one session is considered a binge
The HUB is an interesting over-18 alcohol and drug free café,
and is located on Chapel Lane, Ennis, Co Clare
For further information, simply click on the links below:
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
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