Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Sore Head? Hang over? Muttering bad thoughts about Saint Patrick? Do not despair... :-)

Most of us used Saint Patrick’s Day as an opportunity for hanging out with family and friends, celebrating Ireland and having great fun casting out vipers and raising the pagan dead in order to convert them to Christianity.

Some people though take a different approach to the whole celebration and basically drink to they drop. Apart from sore heads, other problems with alcohol include damage to organs, increased cancer risk and, because of all the calories, an expanded waist line. 

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: 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.


Remember, if you have problems or worries you feel you would like to talk about confidentially, contact Cindy Dring, Health Promotion Officer for NUI Galway at 091-492048. Alternatively e-mail her at cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie or just drop in to Aras Ni Eimhigh.

For more on how to look good, feel good and be in charge of your life as a student at NUI Galway check out Student's Services Health Promotion

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