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Self-Help: Alcohol

Drinking responsibly:

Knowing your units to keep a "drinks diary" to schedule drink-free days or cutting down on unit intake, could lead to long-term personal and professional benefits. - Download: Self-Help on Alcohol flyer (PDF, 411 KB)        

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Top Ten examples of benefits of drinking responsibly:
1) You'll begin to notice you'll sleep better
2) Your eyes and skin will seem brighter
3) You'll feel more alert and better able to concentrate at work
4) You'll have more energy when you spend time with family or friends
5) You'll have more money to spend on the other things for happiness
6) You may find you start to lose weight
7) You'll have less headaches
8) You may suffer from less stomach complaints
9) You'll feel more in control
10) You'll help to reduce your risk of serious illness

Alcohol specific to Men:
Sensible drinking limits = no more than 3-4 units a day/21 units a week.  
Heavy drinking could impact Behaviour; Fertility; Gout; Skin; or Weight gain.

Alcohol specific to Women:
Sensible drinking limits = no more than 2-3 units a day/14 units a week.               

Heavy drinking could impact Breast cancer; Contraception; Fertility; Period; Personal safety; or Pregnancy (before and after). 

Alcohol specific to Religion & Belief:
Fasting during key dates and orthodox faith practice may not allow colleagues to drink alcohol, even in the use of food in different religions and beliefs, such as:

Alcohol specific to exclusion:
Participation at events or meetings where there is pressure to drink alcohol in order to "fit-in" with the environment, could create barriers to participation by colleagues due to:

Alcohol specific to Health - High alcohol consumption could negatively impact:
- Blood pressure
- Cancer
- Diabetes
- Fertility
- Heart disease
- Immune System
- Liver Disease
- Memory
- Stress: Frequently using alcohol to deal with stress could create erratic sleeping patterns; leading to anxiety; or enhancing depression, also refer to:

- Weight
   How many calories are in your drink?

 

Calories in Alcohol

Drink

Units

Calories (kcal)

Food equivalent

White wine (175ml) (11% ABV)

2

130

One small bag of crisps

Red wine (175ml) (11% ABV)

2

120

One small slice of sponge cake

Lager (pint) (4% ABV)

2

170

One small sausage roll

Premium lager (pint) (5% ABV)

3

250

One scotch egg

Bitter (pint) (4% ABV)

3

190

One glazed ring doughnut

Cider (pint) (5% ABV)

3

200

Beans on toast

Cream liqueur (50ml) (17% ABV)

1

160

One chicken drumstick

Alcopop (330ml) (5% ABV)

1.5

200

A 50g block of medium cheddar cheese

Spirits serving (25ml) (37.5% ABV)

1

55

A 25ml serving of single cream

Source: NHS Choices – your health, your choices

 

Support & Help Available

University:

Locally - Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS):
In partnership with NHS & Fife Council, staff can be referred or access themselves confidential services such as:

  • Alcohol diversion
  • Employee assistance
  • Counselling
  • Local support groups across Fife
  • Refer to website: www.fassaction.org.uk
  • 'Drinks Diary' support- also refer to leaflet Drinks Diary - FASS (PDF, 393 KB)                                                           

Nationally - Healthier Scotland (Scottish Government):
Online: Guidance on sensible drinking and impacts on health and well-being, refer to: www.drinksmarter.org  Phone image
Drinkline: A free national helpline to talk at anytime in confidence about alcohol, call 0800 7 314 314 


 

Contact

Human Resources

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096