Did you know alcohol is linked to over 60 medical conditions and is the third biggest lifestyle risk factor after smoking? Alcohol harms affect more than just the liver, causing high blood pressure with links to diabetes, depression and cancers (including bowel, throat, breast, liver, mouth & stomach). Alcohol contributes 10% to the burden of death and disease in England.
If you are concerned about your drinking, take the free alcohol test at Don’t Bottle It UP
When alcohol becomes a permanent feature in a person’s life, it’s not just the drinker that feels the effect - surrounding family and friends do too. Drinking habits can often become a source of arguments and lead to relationship issues. Emotional and financial consequences are also common. These pressures can lead to unemployment, debt, family and relationship breakdowns and depression.
Men and women who drink regularly should consume no more than 14 units a week - equivalent to six pints of beer or seven glasses of wine.
Pregnant women should not drink at all.
If you drink, it should be moderately over three or more days and some days should be alcohol-free.
Don’t "save up" units and drink them all in one or two goes. Heavy drinking sessions increase the risk of accidents and injury
Alcohol Treatment If you are:
- having problems because of your drinking
- concerned about your health or personal relationships
- worried that your alcohol use is getting worse
- want support to make changes in your life
- are over 18 and live in Ealing
Contact RISE, Ealing’s drug and alcohol service. They can help you access a range of treatment options and make some positive changes to your life. You can ring for advice and an appointment on the following numbers:020 8567 4772 (office hours) or 0800 195 8100 (out of hours support line.)