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Alcohol

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

For every cancer patient living in the UK, £295 is spent each year on medical research, compared with just £22 a year for every stroke patient.

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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