Did you know that your body can only process one unit of alcohol an hour?
Regularly drinking too much or binge drinking puts your health at serious risk.
How much is too much?
-The UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidance is now the same for both men and women- a limit of 14 units of alcohol a week should not be exceeded.
– Fourteen units is the equivalent of : – six pints of beer (4%); six glasses (175ml) of wine (13%); 14 glasses of 25ml spirits (40%)
– In pregnancy it is advised not to drink alcohol at all, to minimise risk to baby
What are the potential health risks of alcohol?
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Weight gain
- Cardiovascular disease- increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke
- Acid reflux
- Liver disease
- Reduced fertility and sexual dysfunction,
- Cancers of the mouth, head/neck, liver, bowel, pancreas
- Memory loss, dementia, depression and anxiety, stress and anger problems
Is alcohol good for the heart?
The advice on this can be confusing. The potential health benefits to the heart are considered to be outweighed by other health risks ( as listed above) and only occur if the limit of fourteen units is spaced out during the week (ie not binge drinking). Drinking within the recommended limit is key.
How can we help?
See Dr Soori at Roseneath Medical Practice for an assessment of your drinking pattern and complete evaluation of your resulting physical and emotional health. Blood tests can be done at the practice, with same day results. Depending on the findings advice and management will be provided to improve your health and prevent potentially serious illnesses.
Did you know it is estimated that three-quarters of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the end of February?
Why do people give up on their resolutions so quickly?
- It takes time to make a new habit, or to lose a less healthy one. Any new exercise regime or diet takes a while to bed in.
- We often set unrealistic goals and targets- for example, deciding to eat no sugar, give up carbohydrates completely or exercise every day for an hour.
How can you improve your chances of success?
- Knowing your current health status is a good way to start-your cholesterol level, blood sugar level, blood pressure, body mass index, and being aware of your ideal measurements .
- A good way to do this is to have a Health Assessment, personal to you, taking account of your age, gender, family history and lifestyle.
- By knowing these parameters as well as others, your individual risk for heart disease can be calculated. Other potentially serious conditions can also be screened for eg lung disease, cancers, mental health problems. This means you can set goals that really improve your personal health, which are safe and realistic for you.
How can we help?
- At Roseneath Medical practice, Dr Sumi Soori offers a broad range of Health Assessments- Men, Women’s, Comprehensive health assessments, Healthy heart, Cognitive assessments, Child health, Fertility, Mental health etc all with same day results. Referrals can be made as necessary to other health professionals, some on-site eg physiotherapy.
- Making new habits and behaviours requires us to understand our responses to stress and other triggers. Dr Soori can help you to do this through Cognitive Behavioural therapy, which can help increase your chance of sticking to you goals and achieving your resolutions.
- So for 2018, rather than embark on fad diets or fitness regimes that you can’t keep to, why not book a health assessment to fully understand your current health status, and receive advice and support you to successfully achieve your goals.
Roseneath Medical Practice offers a 10% discount for health assessment bookings in January and February ‘18