Stuff I can do
Alcohol can be a double edged sword; here are some quick tips to help you with how much you drink.
- Whether you're at home or in the pub, have a soft drink or tap water (It's free!) with your alcoholic drink.
- Fill up on something healthy before you fill up on alcohol. Eating food before drinking and some nibbles in between drinks helps slow down alcohol being absorbed in your stomach. Just don’t eat too much, projectile vomiting isn’t what we’re trying to achieve here.
- Be aware of how much you’re drinking. You can get apps to check how many units you’ve had from what you’ve ordered. It’s ok if you don’t understand units, the apps will do all the maths for you.
- Cut down how much you’re drinking…literally! Instead of opting for a pint, try half a pint; it gives you a chance to try other beers and ales. Or just top off your wine with lemonade for a spritzer – this will keep the unit consumption down.
If you want to find out other ways on how to keep your drinking at a healthy level, check out One You's Drinks Tracker - a handy tool to help you calculate how much alcohol you're drinking.
Here are some tell-tale signs that alcohol might be taking control:
- You worry about your next drink, and when you’ll get it.
- You’ll try to get a party or social gathering organized so that you can also have a drink.
- Once you pop, the fun don’t stop. That also applies when you’re drinking – you enjoy the first couple of drinks and find it difficult to stop drinking.
- You want a drink when you wake up.
- You're feeling blue or always worried because you’ve had one too many pints.
- You’ve got the shakes from not drinking. You also sweat more and feel sick.
What is a unit of alcohol?
Effects of alcohol
Local Help in Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire
If you would like support for your alcohol drinking behaviour, please contact the following organisations:
Compass Milton Keynes: 01908 250730
Path to Recovery (P2R) Bedford Borough: 01234 352 220
Or speak to your local GP.