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.