Be Drinkaware during the Euros

Be Drinkaware during the Euros

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Cutting down on alcohol is always a good idea and it's easier to do than you might think. Why not try out some our quick tips below if you decide to drink alcohol while watching Ireland during Euro 2016.

Don’t forget to hydrate

Alcohol dehydrates the body so it is important to keep hydrated with plenty of water. Alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water.

Avoid rounds

Being in a round often means you are drinking at the pace of the person who drinks fastest. This way, you may end up drinking a lot more than you had originally intended. Take control, stay on your own and keep an eye on how much you drink.

Never top-up wine

Always finish one glass of wine before pouring another. Topping up your glass before it is finished makes is almost impossible to keep track of how much alcohol you consume.

Lower alcohol alternatives

There are many different low-alcohol drinks available at the moment so now is the time to try one out for yourself. You won’t even notice the difference.

Downsize your drink

If you usually drink pints, try opting for a bottle or glass instead.

Why should you consider cutting down?

Drinking alcohol at any level can increase the risk of damage to your health and well-being but this risk increases the more you drink. Always adhere to the Department of Health/HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption:

  • 11 standard drinks (110g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for women, with at least two alcohol-free days
  • 17 standard drinks (170g pure alcohol) spread out over the week for men, with at least two alcohol-free days

Common examples of one standard drink are a half-pint of beer, small glass of wine (100ml) or a pub measure of spirits (35.5ml).