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Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

Alcohol

 

Many of us enjoy a drink now and then, but drinking more than the recommended levels of alcohol on a regular basis can damage our health. The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. The more you drink, the greater the health risks. There are many supportive groups for people who struggle with alcoholism - search for the term 'alcohol' in the directory to find a group in your local area. For further information on alcohol click here

Many people drink to relax after a stressful day or if they are going through a difficult time in there life, however there are many other productive methods of winding down such as;

To reduce your risk of harming your health, it is recommended that both men and women do not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. It is advised that if you drink as much as 14 units a week you spread your drinking over three days or more.

 

Drugs

 

Drug misuse can be harmful to your short and long term health, possibly leading to addiction. Drug misuse in older people tends to involve over-the-counter medicines and prescription medication such as painkillers, sleeping tablets, medicines for the treatment of anxiety, depression and other conditions. Some older people also use illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin and amphetamines. For more information on how to get help with drugs click here. Search the term 'drugs' in the directory to find a local support group in your area.

 

Smoking

 

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK, increasing your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions including lung cancer, and heart disease. Stopping smoking can significantly increase your chances of living a longer and healthier life, even if you’ve smoked for many years. For more information on smoking click here. Search the term 'smoking' in the directory to find a local support group in your area.

Stopping smoking can be difficult particularly if it is a habit you have had for a long time. The most important thing is that it is never too late to quit. Stopping at any age will increase your life expectancy, provided that you stop before you develop cancer or another serious disease. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer-term.

There are many aids available to help you quit smoking; some of these include the nicotine patch, nicotine chewing gum and nasal/mouth sprays. Another way which is increasingly popular is e-cigarettes; however these aren’t recognised as a medically licenced quitting aid and are not available on prescription.

Last reviewed: 15/11/2016

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