St Patrick’s Day has long been associated with excessive drinking but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you decide to drink as part of your St Patrick’s Day celebrations, it’s important to get the facts you need to make informed decisions about alcohol and ensure you can enjoy the day safely. Here are three things to keep in mind if you plan to drink alcohol.
Drinking alcohol at any level can increase the risk of damage to your health and this risk increases the more you drink. Try to keep track of how many standard drinks you consume. One standard drink is a half pint of beer, stout or lager, small glass of wine (100ml) or a pub measure of spirits (35.5ml).
The Department of Health/HSE recommend that to reduce risks to your health and wellbeing, you should adhere to the low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption:
Drinks should be spread out over the week and never saved up for one session.
A recent Healthy Ireland report stated that 14% of drinkers feel they should cut down on their drinking.(1)
Here are some quick tips to reduce your alcohol consumption you could try this St Patrick’s Day:
The time of your last drink at night will affect when it is safe for you to drive the following day. It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink and there’s no quick fix. Nothing can help to remove alcohol from your body, only time.
12% of driving under the influence arrests are made between 8am and 2pm. From January to October 2015, 56.3% of offenders were between aged 20-39 years and nearly 20% were between 40-49 years.
Why take the risk? Plan ahead and arrange an alternative way to travel the next morning. Never EVER drink and drive. Find out more about drink driving in Ireland.