Why should I pay attention to alcohol drinking?
Drinking is part of our culture. Most men enjoy a drink or two, especially during social gatherings. However, many men drink too much alcohol or do this too often, and end up damaging their health.
What are the effects of alcohol?
The effects of alcohol depend on many factors, such as how much you drink, how quickly the alcohol is consumed, and whether the alcohol is consumed with other drugs. It also depends on whether you are used to drinking, your mood, weight, gender and general health status.
Please note that drinking alcohol cannot effectively reduce stress. Moreover, it is easy to drink too much. Being drunk can lead to discomfort and loss of self-control and can increase the chance of accidents. Long-term excessive use of alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence. This may not only adversely affect your physical and mental health, but also influence your work performance and ruin your social life.
Men are more likely than women to drink alcohol excessively. According to the Behavioural Risk Factor Survey 2009 of the Department of Health, 10.3% male surveyed drink 4 days or more each week, while only 1.2% female surveyed do so.
Excessive drinking may lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, hypertension and stroke.
Long-term effects of alcohol
If you drink, what is the upper limit for alcohol intake in a day?
A "standard drink" (refer to table) contains 10g of pure alcohol.
"Low risk" is not "no risk". There exists no threshold of which alcohol can be consumed safely. Alcohol-related harm expresses as a continuum, that is, the more you drink, the higher the chance you are to get alcohol-related harm. So if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, limit your drink to minimise alcohol-related harm.
Immediate effects of alcohol
Should I reduce my drinking?
Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answer "YES" to any of the above questions, you need to reassess your drinking habit, and be aware of its role in your life.
If you answer "YES" to two or more questions, try and stop drinking for three days. If you cannot do this, you probably need some professional help.
How can I drink sensibly, or help myself to cut down?
To avoid drinking too much, you must pay attention to the followings:
Choice of alcohol:
If you concern about your drinking, have difficulty in sticking with these tips, or feel that your drinking is getting out of hand, do not try to tackle it on your own. Seek professional advice and get help from a support group.
The label on a bottle or a can of alcoholic beverage usually states the drink volume and alcohol content.
What is the legislative drinking level for driving?
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of more than 50mg alcohol per 100ml blood.
Besides being careful about your own drinking, it is good to care about other people's drinking. Do not let your friends drive if you think they should not drive. Call a taxi for them!
When should I not drink at all?
There are some times when it is best not to drink at all. These include:
Alcoholics anonymous Address: G/F, 12 Borrett Road, Hong Kong Phone: 2522 5665 (6:00 pm-7:00 pm)
Tuen Mun Alcoholic Problems Clinic Phone: 2456 8260
"STAY SOBER, STAY FREE" Alcohol Addiction Treatment Project Phone: 2884 9876