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Alcohol

Reasons for giving up or cutting down on alcohol consumption.
Did you know?

Around 20,000 strokes in England alone could be avoided through preventative work on high blood pressure, regular heartbeats, smoking cessation and wider statin use.

There are three good reasons for giving up or cutting down.

1. Health – Alcohol is high in calories and can lead to obesity and high blood pressure – common causes of stroke.

2. Daily living – Stroke can cause depression, forgetfulness, shakiness and confusion. Alcohol can make these worse.

3. Medication – Alcohol can be dangerous when you are taking medicine. Check with your doctor.

And the good news – a small amount may be good for you, but ask your doctor’s advice and remember:

  • Drink slowly
  • Don’t drink to wind down or deal with problems
  • Drink with food, not on an empty stomach
  • Have alcohol free days – at least two a week
  • Keep within sensible drinking limits
  • Women – not more than 2 – 3 units a day
  • Men – not more than 3 – 4 units a day
  • Lower for older people and some medical conditions

1 unit of alcohol =
Half pint of lager, cider or beer OR 1 single of spirits OR 1 glass of wine.

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