In this page you will find up to date information on consumption of alcohol/drugs and smoking guidelines, health risks, useful resources and links and key points of the University of Aberdeen Drugs and Alcohol Policy.
Occupational Health Service.
The Occupational Health Service can offer counselling to all University staff. Counselling can be face to face in any Clinic in Aberdeen and Elgin or through video link. All Counsellors are members of the relevant professional bodies according to their areas of expertise.
Counselling can help individuals who are experiencing difficulties, distress and isolation or when it is difficult to explain or talk about a particular personal subject that has a negative impact in your personal life.
To make an appointment please contact the Occupational Health Service:
Phone: 01224 555749.
Drinking more than the recommended weekly limit increases the likelihood of suffering a stroke.
Alcohol is a toxic substance that can create dependence and cause serious health and social problems. Drinking too much can not only affect you as an individual but those around you, friends, family and co-workers. Unfortunately Scotland has one of the highest alcohol consumption in the UK and Europe, leading to one of the fastest growing rates of liver disease in the world.
- 1 in 4 men and 1 in 6 women in Scotland are drinking at harmful levels.
- There were 35,059 alcohol related hospital stays in 2014/15.
- In 6 out of 10 violent crimes the victim said the offender was under the influence of alcohol.
- Alcohol harm costs Scotland £3.6 billion per year in health, social care, crime, productive capacity and other associated cost.
In the UK we measure alcohol consumption by units. 1 Unit of Alcohol = 10ml or 8g or of pure alcohol (amount the average adult can process in one hour)
- The amount of Units in a drink depends on its size and its alcohol strength.
- Men and Women should not drink over 14 units of alcohol per week.
- If all units per week are to be consumed they should not be consumed on the same day.
For more information on how to calculate units and more, visit: NHS Live Well
Alcohol and your health
Although alcohol seems to be a part of our social life, its consumption should be moderate or none. The previous position that some level of alcohol promoted heart health is now reversed by several studies and it is now known the proactive effects of alcohol are diminished by great health harms.
Some Points to consider:
- Drinking less than 14 units per week is low risk drinking, it is not safe drinking because it still has an impact on your health.
- Drinking increases the risk of cancer on mouth, throat and breast.
- Regular drinking also increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, liver disease, brain damage and nervous system damage.
- Drinking regularly increases the risk of road traffic accidents and other types of fatal accidents.
- Alcohol consumption decreases your levels of vitamin B12, D and decreases calcium absorption.
- Alcohol lowers serotonin levels, serotonin is the ‘happiness’ hormone that contributes to the general wellbeing of the body.
Around 100.000 people in the UK die per year due to smoking related diseases
The majority of smoking related deaths were caused by cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease. Here are some points to consider:
- Long term smoking can reduce your life expectancy by 10 years.
- Most cigarettes contain a variety of hazardous chemicals including nicotine that causes cravings, addictions, anxiety and hunger.
- The average smoker spends around £2000 per year on cigarettes.
Some tips on how to stop smoking:
Write a list of the reasons you want to stop and keep it with you to refer to it whenever you are tempted.
Set a date for stopping smoking.
Tell everyone about your goal, friends and family can offer invaluable support and increase your motivation to quit.
Get rid of all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters.
Cut down on those activities you used to associate with smoking such as consuming alcohol or drinking coffee, try fruit juices instead just for a few weeks while you get used to it.
Take one day at a time and mark it on a calendar as a reminder on how much you have achieved.
Focus on the positive side, think about how you’ll smell better, have whiter teeth, your breathing will improve, taste food better and have more energy.
Remember to limit the consumption of sugary and fatty food to avoid unnecessary weight gain, try eating fruits and healthier snacks.
Exercise and try new hobbies to help you discover new enjoyable activities and take advantage of your increased energy.
- Fact Sheets
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Smokeline: find face to face support in your local area either as part of a group or on a one to one basis, you can also arrange telephone support. You’ll find here advice on all aspects of stopping smoking and treatments.
For more information visit: Smokeline
NHS Live Well: the NHS Live Well site offers a comprehensive guide for those who want to stop smoking; you’ll find self-help tips, information on treatments, health risks of excessive smoking and testimonials of ex-smokers.For more information visit: NHS Live Well