Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Alcohol – bad news, good news & even better news

Alcohol - the bad news
The most common drug used in Ireland is alcohol.

It can be useful for relaxing and socializing. However, there a number of problems associated with alcohol – not least that the pounds it will pile on you. Alcohol also has an impact on your heart, liver and mental wellbeing.

Beyond the glitzy adverts the truth is that alcohol is a factor in half of all suicides in Ireland. One in four deaths of young men aged 15-39 in Ireland is due to alcohol . Recent research has also linked alcohol consumption to breast cancer in women .

Alcohol plays an active role in depression, suicide and rape. With depression the affects be of an incremental nature as despondency increases over a number of years.  With constant use, alcohol will affect motivation, which will impact on a student’s ability to complete assignments, attend lectures or prepare for exams.

Alcohol - the good news
The good news is that cutting back and slowing down alcohol consumption can boost your wellbeing considerably. The NHS publication ‘Cutting down on alcohol' highlights the following benefits of reduced drinking, including: feeling better in the morning; improved immune system; more energy; better skin tone; a better mood. The NHS also has easy advice on how to cut down alcohol.

However, please note that Irish and UK alcohol measurements are different, so the NHS ‘Drink Checker’ would not be an accurate guide for students in NUI Galway. For a good non-judgmental way to begin looking at your engagement with alcohol is to try out the e-pub facility in NUI Galway: 

Alcohol – even better news
Everyone who completes the e-PUB before Monday, 4th of November, 2013 and confirms completion will be entered into a draw for a fantastic array of prizes. For details see Free competition for NUI G students. Stunning Prizes including Google Nexus 7 Tablet! Enter now! 


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