Take Care With Alcohol In Hot Weather

Advice from medic at West Middlesex hospital

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With the long overdue summer finally here, a medic at West Middlesex University Hospital is reminding people to drink safely over the summer.

Dr Zul Mirza, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at West Middlesex, regularly sees the consequences of alcohol abuse in the Emergency Department.

He said: “We frequently treat patients who have suffered from falls, head injuries and road traffic accidents due to excessive alcohol intake. It’s really important to be alcohol aware and moderate your intake in the summer months.

“We all know too much alcohol isn’t good for your health. As well as causing dehydration, it can make you drowsy and lose track of time. This could potentially lead to a dose of severe sun burn when it’s hot.

“Alcohol can also affect your normal behaviour and combined with the heat, it could lead to quarrels or more serious altercations.

“Last, but not least, don’t drink and drive. I really recommend that everyone should avoid drinking alcohol altogether if they’re planning on driving.”

The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day (equivalent to two lower strength pints of larger) and women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day (or one large glass of wine). Check the bottle to find out how many units are in each serving.

The weather forecast is set to remain hot and sunny this weekend, so if you are watching the Ashes or having a BBQ, remember to drink responsibly. Avoid alcohol for 48 hours if you have had a heavy drinking session.

July 11, 2013