What's Your Excuse?

We all have an excuse for our next drink, whether it be a hard day at the office or a nightmare day with the kids.....

It's estimated that 40,000 Pompey residents drink above the recommended drink levels -  that would almost fill Fratton Park!

We all have our excuses for why we need or want a drink.

However, alcohol related liver disease is on the rise and in Portsmouth you are 50% more likely to die of alcohol related liver disease than nationally. So what are your excuses and is drinking alcohol really the answer? It is true that drinking alcohol may well relax you for a few hours but ultimately it is a depressant and can end up making you feel more anxious and depressed.

With a rise in people drinking at home without the use of pub measures the concept of a unit has become more vague, with most of us free pouring our drinks. The standard for a glass of wine used to be 125ml (1.5 units) with most of us nowadays pouring closer to 250ml (3 units).

No-one can say that drinking alcohol is absolutely safe, but by sticking within these guidelines, you can lower your risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks:

  • Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
  • Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

Do you know what this looks like?

To find out how many units people in Portsmouth are actually pouring we conducted a 'pour challenge' in various work and public places across the city to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Week (17th - 23rd November 2014).

During the week we screened over 500 people and the feedback was that it was really useful for people to see what a unit looks like!

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