This week in the iZone we will be running a campaign concerning the consumption of alcohol and legal highs. For many students alcohol is an integral part of the university experience and some don’t see the point of going out if they can’t get drunk. Alcohol can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle. It is important that you don’t exceed the recommended daily units – men should drink 3-4 units maximum and women 2-3.
But how much is a unit?
Last year we asked students if they knew how much a unit was, and we got answers ranging from a bottle of wine to a pint of beer. The pictures below show you how much a unit is.
So what does this mean?
This means that a woman should only drink one pint of beer, one glass of wine, two alcopops, one and a half cans of lager or 3 vodka shots on a night out. Men could drink one and a half pints of beer, a large glass of wine or 4 shots of whisky.
What else can I do to stay safe while drinking?
There are lots of simple things you can do. Eating a big, carbohydrate based meal before drinking will stop you from feeling as drunk (although this doesn’t mean you can drink more to compensate!). Between each alcoholic drink have a glass of water to dilute the amount of alcohol in your blood. Always stay in a group when you’ve been drinking, particularly if it’s late at night. If you do get separated from your friends, or you realise one of your friends isn’t with you, keep calling and texting until you can find each other. So always make sure your phone is fully charged before a night out.