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Safe drinking message for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 18:17 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 05 July 2010

THE festive season is in full swing and Christmas parties are taking centre stage on the social calendar.

But with the police's drink drive campaign underway, there is an important message going out from the Waveney Community Safety Partnership.

THE festive season is in full swing and Christmas parties are taking centre stage on the social calendar.

But with the police's drink drive campaign underway, there is an important message going out from the Waveney Community Safety Partnership.

“How much is too much on a night out over Christmas?” the east partnership co-ordinator with Suffolk Constabulary, Alan Osborne, pondered.

“We all react differently to alcohol depending on your height, weight or gender, but did you know that what you have eaten that day or how much sleep you have had recently can also make a difference to how you feel when you drink.”

For many people, a busy Christmas social period can mean pressure to drink more than usual, from the office party to the late afternoon in the pub where friends keep your glasses topped up and it's hard to keep track of how many drinks you've had.

“We hear a lot about units and how men should not exceed three to four units of alcohol a day and women no more than two to three, but what is a unit?” Mr Osborne said.

“The size and strength of your drink will determine the number of units it contains, but it is not as simple as one drink, one unit.”

A glass of wine can range from one unit to three and when at home people tend to pour measures that are larger than you would get at your local public house.

“You can't save up your units by not drinking in the week so that you can drink them all on a Friday night either, you should still keep to the daily recommended amount,” he said.

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