The recommended safer drinking limits for adults are as follows:
You should have two to three alcohol free days during the week.
The Chief Medical Officer’s guidance suggests that under 15s should refrain from drinking alcohol due to an increased risk to their physical health.
For young people aged 16-17 the suggestion is to drink alcohol (should they wish) once per week and no more than 2-3 units. Ideally this should be supervised by parents or carers.
Take a look at Alcohol Concern’s Unit Calculator to find out how many units you could be consuming.
Alcohol is eliminated from the body at approximately one unit per hour. However, please bear in mind that the more you drink, the longer it will take for your liver to eliminate the alcohol from your body. This can have serious implications for driving mopeds, motorbikes and cars as you can still be under the influence the next morning.
Another important aspect is your mindset and your environment before and during drinking as this can affect the outcome and the potential for problems to arise. This can be due to people making unwise decisions under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and lead to an increase in risky behaviours.
It is a known fact that young people are more likely to have risky sex (for example without contraception, with lots of different partners or unintended sex) when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As many as one-in-fourteen, 15 to 16 year olds said they'd had unprotected sex after drinking. And up to 40 per cent of sexually active 13 to 14 year-olds were ‘drunk or stoned’ when having sex. For more information on sexual health, including sexual abuse visit Sexual Health North Lincs.
There are plenty of cheaper brands of alcohol available. These are still very potent in strength and can be seen as a cheap way to get drunk. However, it is very easy to overdo it and you may end up needing to go to hospital with alcohol poisoning. For some this can be fatal. Evidence shows that they have a particularly damaging effect on health and behaviour, both in the short and long term.
Don’t feel under pressure to drink or take drugs if you don’t want to. Say "no" firmly but clearly and without making a big deal about it.
Less young people drink alcohol than you would think. And remember your friends will respect you more for saying how you feel about drinking or taking drugs. Talking to your friends about the reasons you don't want to can help the situation and you may not be the only one who feels this way. Try arranging to meet them to do other things that don’t involve drinking or drug taking.
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