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QUESTION(posted on 14.11.14 at 11:43)

IS BINGE DRINKING WORSE THAN DRINKING ON A REGULAR BASIS?

Hi there and apologies for the delay in replying. Many thanks for sending us your question and I hope the following is helpful. Please get in touch if you need any further information or support.

Binge drinking can be worse than regularly drinking within the safe limits. However it is worth exploring what we mean by safe limits. For women this is a maximum of 2-3 units per day and men a maximum of 3-4 units per day, and it is recommended to have two alcohol-free days per week. There’s more information about units here: http://www.focusonalcohol.org/units.html

Have a look at our page about binge drinking http://www.focusonalcohol.org/binge-drinking.html

There is also a really useful and interesting page on the NHS website about the risks of drinking too much (this covers both binge drinking and regular drinking over the recommended limits). http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Effectsofalcohol.aspx

Also see the Drinkaware website, which explains why binge drinking is riskier than drinking normally, and the effects it can have. https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/is-your-drinking-a-problem/binge-drinking

If you are worried about your drinking, have a word with your GP or call Drinkline, the national alcohol helpline, on 0800 917 8282 (It’s free and confidential).

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QUESTION (posted on 12.08.14 at 17:24)

HI, I AM LOOKING FOR A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARTNERS OF PEOPLE WITH ALCOHOL PROBLEMS?

Hello, Thanks for your inquiry.

I think the first people to contact would be Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA) on 01241 872989  http://www.alcoholtayside.com  TCA offer one to one counselling sessions for anyone affected by someone else's alcohol use - this is something that you might find beneficial.  TCA don't currently offer a support group.

Angus Carers may be able to help.  They run support groups for carers and this includes the 'Carers of someone who misuses Alcohol or Drugs'.  It will be worth getting in touch with them on 01241 439157 or through their website http://anguscarers.co.uk to see if they can help.

There's a national agency, Al-Anon, who may also be able to help.  Al-Anon support the families and friends of people who are having difficulties with alcohol.  They have a Confidential Helpline 020 7403 0888.

I hope this is of use to you and that you find the support you're seeking.

Please do get back in touch if you need any further guidance.

Best wishes, FoA Team

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QUESTION (posted on 18.03.14 at 10:25)

 WHAT IS SAFE DRINKING LEVELS FOR A WOMAN? IS DRINKING A BOTTLE OF WINE ON A FRIDAY NIGHT AND THEN AGAIN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT FOLLOWED BY SHOTS AND GIN WHEN GOING OUT TOO MUCH? WHAT DAMAGE COULD THIS DO TO MY HEALTH?

Hello and thanks for getting in touch, Recommended drinking for a woman is 2 to 3 units per day and no more than 21 units in a week.  A bottle of 12% wine contains 9 units.  Stronger wines can contain up to 11 units.  A 25 ml measure gin is 1 unit.

If someone regularly drinks the amount you've mentioned there is a higher risk of alcohol affecting your health. Drink Aware have a useful Unit Calculator - http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/unit-calculator

You could use this to work out how many units you drank on a Friday and Saturday night.  There's also a 7 Day Calculator that will work out how many units someone consumes over a week http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/sevendaycalculator I hope you find these useful.

We have a directory of support agencies here http://www.focusonalcohol.org/alcohol---drugs.html should you want to talk to someone over the phone or face to face. If you would like any further information or if you have further concerns about your own alcohol use please do get in touch again.

Best wishes, FoATeam.

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QUESTION: I WANT TO DRINK BUT NOT PUT ON TOO MUCH WEIGHT. I THINK I MUST DRINK ABOUT 20 OR SO UNITS A WEEK.  DO YOU THINK I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH DRINKING?

Thanks for logging onto this site. It sounds like you unsure about your drinking.  The recommended safe drinking limits for adult women is 14 units per week and no more than 2 to 3 units per day. It's important for your health to have also two to three alcohol free days.  Alcoholic drinks are high in calories but with very little nutritional value.

I hope this information is useful in considering whether or not you have a problem with your drinking.

Please have a look at the website below that allows you to calculate your alcohol intake.

Calculate how much you are drinking http://drinkaware.co.uk

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QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS THAT ARE MORE HEALTHY THAN OTHERS?

Thanks for logging on.  You are asking about healthy alcoholic drinks. There is very little nutritional value in any alcoholic drink but they are high in calories.  Check out the link below for more information.  It maybe useful to know when considering your health the recommended national sensible drinking guidelines are 21 units per week, no more than 3 to 4 units a day, for adult males with at least 2 or 3 alcohol free days.

Site for nutrition and calories in alcoholic drinks - http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/heal/a/aa990908.htm

Thanks again for logging on we hope this information is useful.  If you want more information please feel free to log on to this confidential alcohol information site again. You can see our contacts page if you want to talk to someone http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/heal/a/aa990908.htm

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QUESTION: HI, HOPING YOU CAN HELP ME AND MY WIFE. WE BOTH DRINK TOO MUCH A LOT OF THE TIME AND END UP ARGUING, TAKING DAYS OF WORK AND THEN MAKING UP WHEN WE ARE DRINKING AGAIN.

Dear ___ , It sounds like you and your wife are in a habit of drinking frequently and perhaps talking to someone about it and receiving support can help you to make positive adjustments to your lives. It's easy to fall into certain habits and lifestyles and you have taken the first step to moving forward by writing in to us, which is great.

It sounds like both you and your wife would benefit from talking to someone about the difficulties you are having with your relationship and with the drinking. You can call the Tayside Council on Alcohol on 01382 456012 and arrange to come in and speak to someone, or just have a general chat over the phone about the support available to you.

I suggest you keep the dialogue going on this forum and with the TCA, Drinkline and any other organisations that provide relevant support, as this will be a good way of bringing about change for the better.

Another option for you both could be couple counselling through Relationship Scotland. They have a branch on Dock Street in Dundee. Their details are: telephone: 01382 201343, email: info@familymediationonline.co.uk Website: http://www.familymediationonline.co.uk/

Good luck with it and keep us posted on how you get on. If you have any other questions just write in to us here at any time. We look forward to hearing about how you're getting on. Take care and all the best, Focus on Alcohol Angus Team

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