Alcohol Advice



Alcohol can have negative effects on your health, your safety, your relationships and also your criminal record.  Alcohol can make you feel more confident, change your behaviour and perhaps make you take risks you wouldn’t normally consider, for example, having unprotected sex.

Facts from the Department of Health

  • Alcohol is Northern Ireland’s favourite drug.
  • In Northern Ireland, more than seven out of 10 adults drink alcohol.
  • A recent survey indicated that 9% of those who drink are likely to have a problem with alcohol.
  • In 2010, 284 people died directly as a result of alcohol misuse, an increase of around 40% since 2001.
  • In 2010/11 there were over 12,000 admissions to acute hospital with an alcohol related diagnosis.

If you think alcohol affects you/one of your mates/somebody in your family in any of the following ways…

Whether you are planning to start a family with your partner or you’re already pregnant, you’ll need to rethink your relationship with alcohol. alcohol is detrimental to sports performance because of how it affects the body during exercise. doctors sometimes tell us not to drink when we take prescription drugs, it’s probably not a good idea to drink alcohol when you are feeling ill because it is likely to make you feel worse. plus who really enjoys a hangover?
While alcohol can have a very temporary positive impact on our mood, in the long term it can cause big problems for our mental health. It’s linked to a range of issues from depression and memory loss to suicide. Unfortunately reaching for a drink won’t always have the effect you’re after. While a glass of wine after a hard day might help you relax, in the long run it can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety and make stress harder to deal with. Alcohol can make people lose their inhibitions and behave impulsively, so it can lead to actions they might not otherwise have taken – including self-harm and suicide.
Alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents, from domestic to traffic related. Alcohol and low temperatures can be a recipe for disaster. Alcohol can make you underestimate your own abilities and behave recklessly. That road doesn’t look as busy, that gap isn’t so big and besides, you are an expert long jumper���
Alcohol misuse can have a massive negative effect on your employment situation, it can either restrict you from getting employed in the first place, or seriously damage your current status at work. Employers will naturally begin to negatively judge you if you show up to their interview smelling even slightly of alcohol. This could result in you not getting the job, thus leading to money problems etc. Most employers have a strict policy when it comes to drinking alcohol, and coming in drunk to work or even smelling of alcohol could lead to your contract being terminated. As a result of drinking alcohol the night before coming in to work this can then result in you arriving to work with a hangover which can then have a negative effect on the work that you carry out that day, which even over a short period of time can cause you to lose your job. Alcohol and work do not mix, so if you are looking for a job or are currently in work, make sure that the two never come together!
Some studies show that drinking a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time may be significantly worse for your health than frequently drinking small quantities. More commonly, binge drinking can lead to anti-social, aggressive and violent behaviour. Binge drinking is most common among 16–24 year-olds, and is more common among men than women. Even if you don’t drink alcohol every day, you could be a binge drinker if you regularly drink to get drunk and quickly


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