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TO ALL MEMBERS SOME USEFUL INFORMATION CONCERNED ABOUT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
edited January 2020 in Mental health issues
Hello every one. I am often asked about alcoholism and specific questions.

First one is what are units of alcohol and can I drink safely.?

Second one am I an alcoholic and do I need to be thinking of seeking professional help.?

I know this being the start of a new year. Some members will be looking to be dry or absenteeism this month.

I will give some guidance, advice and if I can answer any questions.

This information comes from my own sources and what I have in my files.

The current units are have just undated from the web, I would advice these are under review by Government, also one other point.

Depends on size of glass, measure and is an estimate.

This is something that does confuse I am sure many members who do drink and consider under safe limits.

One other point never drink alcohol if taking medications can be harmful to health.

Antidepressants do not work well with alcohol, any who has done this will get and fall over, black outs, dizzy spells, plus heart murmurs.

Memory losses and other symptoms.

Any one who as they might have a mental health condition should not be drinking at all.

This not my opinion but it is common knowledge if you rely on drinking to cope your will consume more.

Make your health conditions worse.

This is how I began just a note.

UNIT OF ALCOHOL

One unit of alcohol can and does varies from glass to bottle to measures.

Present guidelines are 10ml of alcohol is one unit.

Current guidelines are the following under review .

Men 3 to 4 units daily

Women 2 to 3 unit daily.

Per week Men 21 units

Women 14 units.

Safe limits if you can call them that under review again, this one of the issues.  Government has constantly either down graded or up graded safe limits of drinking.

Men should not drink more than the following 2pints of Beer or Lager, 3 glasses of Wine.

Women drink no more than a pint of Lager or Beer or a couple Glasses of Wine.

Units for Women are less become body fluids 55% can not absorb alcohol quicker also

Men have 66% fluid in their body can absorb slower.

One Unit of alcohol takes on e hour to pass through the system of your body.

Little insight my own health history.

Far as I know my own consumption of units as was told, not conclusive 200 units a week.

Equates to 3 bottles of Wine a day or 2 big bottles of Vodka, just an idea.

Could be more could be less. As most alcoholism is memory loss I am clueless that was the big number given to me by therapists.

They asked me and being honest as I could soon adds up.

I was on that another member of the support group, I was in 340 Units. Equates to 40 cans of strong Lager a day.

UNITS PER DRINK 

DEPENDS ON GLASS VOLUME BOTTLE CAN

LAGER BEER CIDER

Volume     Bottle  Can  Pint  Litre

2%             0.7     0.9    1.1   2

4%             1.3     1.8     2.3  4

5%              1.7     2.2    2.8  5

6%              2       2.6     3.4  6

9%             2        4        5.1  9


SPIRITS RUM GIN VODKA WHISKEY

38% 40%   1 Unit Small measure. As with different measures sizes of glass vary in units and in strength.

WINE

Measured in glass sizes this can be an serious problem if you look at the units.
Volume     Small Glass    Standard Glass  Large Glass   Bottle
10%           1.25                   1.75                  2                   7.5


11%          1.4                      1.9                   2.8                  8.3


12%         1.5                       2.1                  3                     9



13%        1.6                     2.3                    3.3                 9.8


14%        1.7                     2                     3.5                  10.5


Please if I can add finally some helplines, support.

These are associations charities, societies  dealing with alcohol including families, children.  Of alcoholics.

National Association of Children of Alcoholics 

https://www.nacoa.org.uk.

Helpline 0800 358 3456

Addaction

Agency rehab services. All over the UK.

https://www.addaction.org.uk.

AA

https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk.

Helpline 0800 9177 650

Please can I add speak to your GP if you think you need help.

I know my own issues had to and now be able to advise you the community. Thirteen years this year clean, absenteeism.

Please if I can add one further piece of information, if you do not drink but only at weekends.

Binge drinking is an form of alcoholism.

Please if you have any questions please ask, always happy to be supportive.

Please can I thank SCOPE team for allowing me this post to share with you.

Those wishing to go dry and make them selves heal, wish you well. I am here to be supportive.  All the success it will be worth it and a new you.

Please take care.

@thespiceman  





















        







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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,715 Disability Gamechanger
    It can be a real problem drink, my 52 year old brother in law died two years ago after battling alcholism for years.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @woodbine   Thank you first for  sharing, so sorry to hear this.

    I wrote the post because so many are thinking of doing dry January confusion abound.

    Also met since a few members and several others who have asked me for advice .

    Even my taxi driver asked for some advice, guidance over her son.

    What is sad for me is the families, the loved ones who remain and continue to be struggling, the scars mentally

    Do try to support any one who needs to even loved ones of those who have passed on.

    There are organisations and support if you need to ask me please do any time, can help will do.

    Emotions, feelings run deep.

    Feel the pain of those who have lost those loved ones.

    Please take care, in thoughts and prayers.

    @thespiceman


    Community Champion
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  • MaxBMaxB Member Posts: 30 Courageous
    I battled with alcoholism for years, I had 3 Detox's in hospital, I finally did it on my 3rd detox aged 33...I have been sober for 16yrs now...changed my life dramatically, I now eat extremely healthy, live a sort of holistic life now. Very careful what I put in my body now. Best thing I ever did, but I was lucky enough to have a very supportive network of family and friends.
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @MaxB   Pleased to meet you always a pleasure to be supporting a brother of the addiction community.

    Well done and please remember we are united and support each other in this quest to stave off.

    All of us have one aim in mind to be healthy and be happy if they can.

    Must add always here anytime to chat, talk about anything.

    I can help with.  Please contact me, never easy day to day.

    Hope that gives lots of reassurance.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman
    Community Champion
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  • MaxBMaxB Member Posts: 30 Courageous
    That would be a 'Sister' not a brother...lol
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @MaxB Apologise ma am .   Or is Miss. lol..

    I hope your forgive me.

    @thespiceman
    Community Champion
    SCOPE Volunteer Award Engaging Communities 2019
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  • MaxBMaxB Member Posts: 30 Courageous
    consider yourself forgiven spiceman...lol..

    And yes its Miss :)
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @MaxB   As a gentleman of the forum glad I got that right lol.

    Do have care, concern all our members.

    I forget following you 16 years always following some one who is ahead of me to be inspired and aspirations .

    Met every time so many look up to, helps.

    Worth the journey and the effort.

    Always here anything foodie, diet and nutrition.

    I am called the Recipe King by some members and other associated related names lol .

    Got loads of them all over the forum.  Happy to advise care and share.

    Please keep safe and warm.

    @thespiceman
    Community Champion
    SCOPE Volunteer Award Engaging Communities 2019
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