Know Your Limits If Drowning The Shamrock On St Patrick’s Day

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake ahead of St Patrick’s Day, emphasising the dangers of binge drinking and the effects that excess alcohol can have on your health and your safety.

The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Owen O’Neill said: “A lot of people will be making plans to meet up with their friends and family to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and we are encouraging them to keep an eye on their alcohol intake should they choose to drink.”

Be safe not sorry over the St Patrick's Day holiday.
Be safe not sorry over the St Patrick’s Day holiday.

The PHA is also emphasising the need to look after yourself, and your friends and family.

Owen added: “The new alcohol guidelines launched in January of this year recommend that both men and women drink no more than 14 units per week, to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level.

“If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over three days or more – you can’t ‘save up’ your units for a particular day or a party.

“Binge drinking can have a major impact on health such as causing damage to the liver, heart, brain and stomach. Overindulging in alcohol can also spoil the holiday for you, your family and friends.”

If you do decide to drink alcohol over the over the St Patrick’s Day holiday, try to follow these simple tips:

*  Always look after yourself and know what your limits are;;

*  Have something to eat before you start drinking to slow down the absorption of alcohol;

*  Alternate each alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink; for example water or a soft drink;

*  Take frequent five minute breaks from drinking to give your body time to recover;

*  Avoid drinking in rounds or having a kitty as this may result in you drinking more;

*  Keep track of your drinks and don’t let anyone top up your drink until it’s finished;

*  If a friend does drink too much, don’t leave them alone or let them wander off, rather, encourage them to re-hydrate with non-alcoholic drinks.

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