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Most people enjoy alcohol responsibly, but alcohol related health problems are on the increase in Lanarkshire and throughout Scotland. 

A few small changes to your drinking habits, however, can have really big benefits. A few small changes to your drinking habits, however, can have really big benefits.

  • Have some food before you drink
  • Drink water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks to dilute the alcohol
  • For a change - go for a smaller glass or try a lower alcohol beer
  • Change your drink. Make spirits into long drinks by topping up with more mixer, add soda water to white wine, or choose shandy rather than beer
  • Watch out for larger measures at home or at a party compared with standard pub measures
  • Know how to refuse a drink. You do not have to take one just because it is offered or take part in rounds you do not want. Similarly, do not pressure others into drinking
  • Darker drinks like red wine, brandy and whisky give worse hangovers because of higher concentrations of chemicals called congeners
  • Avoid top-ups so you can keep track of how much you are drinking
  • Remember nights out do not have to be in the pub why not try other activities such as the cinema or theatre instead
  • Learn the strengths of your drinks so you can stick to your own limits, bearing in mind the safe limits are two to three units per day for women and three to four units per day for men (but not every day)
  • To get a better idea of what you are drinking, keep a drinking diary
  • Choose at least two alcohol free days per week
  • Get more out of your weekend by making sure you drink responsibly – hangovers stop you living life to the full
Link to the Alcohol and Drug Action Team website