Published Friday, 15 March 2013
Two pints and men have already reached their daily recommended alcohol limit. (© Getty)
|•||Alcohol units for men|
no more than 3 or 4 a day (eg two pints), or 21 in a week.
|•||Alcohol units for women|
no more than 2 or 3 a day (175ml glass of wine), or 14 in a week.
have something to eat to slow down absorption of alcohol.
|•||Avoid rounds/a kitty|
they may make you drink more to keep up.
it’s harder to keep track of alcohol amounts if you top up before you’ve finished.
after each alcoholic drink, switch to water or a soft drink.
Some people think that not usually drinking a lot gives them some leeway when they do have more time to enjoy themselves, but the Public Health Agency is highlighting the dangers of binge-drinking.
Many drinkers remain unaware of the recommended limits when it comes to units of alcohol.
Binge-drinking, even infrequently, can have a major impact on health though - causing damage to the liver, heart, brain and stomach.
And an alcohol-related loss of control can leave revellers vulnerable during a night out.
"Most people will be looking forward to a weekend of fun, so we are just asking people to keep an eye on how much they are drinking and to make sure that alcohol does not spoil the holiday for themselves or others," Owen O'Neill, the PHA's Drugs and Alcohol Lead, said.
People may be tempted to ‘drown the shamrock to drown their sorrows’, but if you are already feeling down, drinking can make it worse.
Public Health Agency
He added: "It is also important to remember that alcohol can have an impact on your mental wellbeing, as there is a strong link between heavy drinking and depression, and hangovers can often leave you feeling anxious and low.
"Drinking can also affect your sleep. Although it can help some people fall asleep quickly, it can also disrupt your sleep patterns and stop you from sleeping deeply which, in turn, can add to your feelings of low mood."
Meanwhile, students have particularly been warned of the associated pitfalls of drinking - such as getting involved in anti-social behaviour.
Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Ulster are both encouraging their students to go home for the St Patrick's Day break - and to avoid partying in the Holyland area of south Belfast.
Police have warned that they will be cracking down on issues including on-street drinking and excessive noise.