TEST: DO YOU DRINK TOO MUCH?
A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol. For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime. Drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.
The health risks that accumulate over a lifetime from alcohol increase progressively - this means that the more you drink, the greater the risk.
From a mental health perspective, excessive alcohol consumption means fewer personal constraints are in place. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt the body’s ability to rest, resulting in the body having to work harder to break down the alcohol in your system. This interference of alcohol with sleep patterns can lead to reduced energy levels. Unfortunately, alcohol depresses the central nervous system, and this cause mood instability. Alcohol is NOT recommended if you are depressed, anxious, trauma, grief, stress or suffer from a mental illness.
TEST: To assess if your alcohol consumption level is problematic, I recommend that you complete this test: https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/files/AUDIT.pdf. A score of 8 or more is considered to indicate hazardous or harmful alcohol use, in which case you should speak to your GP for treatment options.
Photo: Fresco showing fruit bowl, a jar of wine and a jar of raisins from House of Julia Felix in Pompeii. Museo Archeologico di Napoli.
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