Alcohol and our Health
There are a lot of myths about alcohol and our health. Whilst very tiny amounts of alcohol may be beneficial, drinking over the recommended levels is definitely harmful. Too much alcohol will raise your blood pressure, increase your blood sugar readings and increase your weight. Alcohol is also very high in calories. One standard drink has the same amount of calories as a small bar of chocolate!
What are the safe limits?
Alcohol is measured in units. The recommended upper limits are 17 units a week for men and 11 units a week for women. You should spread your alcohol intake over the week, aiming for at least two alcohol free days!
1 standard drink is:
- One half pint of beer, stout or lager
- A small glass of wine
- One Irish pub measure of spirits
Note: One bottle of wine contains approx. 10 units of alcohol!
1 pub measure
1 small glass (100mls)