Enjoying Alcohol Responsibly
Most of us like a drink. In fact, 90% of UK adults regularly use alcohol to help them relax. However, hangovers after a messy night at the Student Union bar are not the only consequence. Alcohol abuse is a serious issue, especially for students who are vulnerable to the problem because of the prevailing drink culture at British universities.
How much is too much?
Studies suggest that an average student's weekly alcohol intake regularly exceeds the advisable unit limits.
The current limits are 14 units per wek for both men and women. Studies also indicate that 10% of students drink to dangerous levels.
Of course, alcohol is also part of student culture. So the best advice is to always remain aware of how much you are drinking (remembering to count in units) and know your limits. Obviously, binge drinking should be avoided. And, it is a good idea to abstain for a couple of days each week.
Typical values of alcohol in a standard drink:
- Bottle of white wine: 10 units
- Large gin & tonic: 2 units
- Pint of continental (strong) lager: 3 units
- Shot of Sambuca: 1 unit
- Bottle of alcopop: 1.5 units
Top tips for a great night out:
- Eat before drinking (food soaks up alcohol)
- Consider drinking weaker beers like bitters and ales (rather than stronger continental lagers)
- Set a drinks budget (plan what to drink and stick to it)
- Have a strategic soft drink (to keep the body hydrated) or alternate alcoholic drinks with
- Avoid drinking in rounds (which often means drinking at a faster pace)
- Use more mixers
If you need further information regarding student health please visit your our Pharmacy Locator and ask your local Alphega pharmacist, for advice.
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