Alcohol testing times for health


As part of the Global Drug Survey conducted worldwide in 2014, close to 80,000 people were asked about the world’s most used drug – alcohol. As you’d expect, the survey produced some interesting results.

One of the perhaps surprising results is that many people are employing safe drinking habits. For example:

  • 70% of those surveyed usually have 2 alcohol-free days per week, which gives their bodies a rest from the effects of alcohol.
  • 84% said they usually eat before drinking, which slows down the effects of alcohol.
  • 40% have 2+ week breaks from alcohol
  • 58% usually alternate alcoholic drinks with water
  • 55% usually choose lower alcohol drinks

However, it’s certainly not all good news, with only 21% of those surveyed saying they usually stick to recognised safe drinking limits. This means that 79% of respondents either don’t know the safe drinking limits or choose to ignore them, placing themselves at risk of health issues relating to alcohol use.

These potential health issues include:

  • Alcohol related brain impairment
  • A suppressed immune system
  • Increased risk of developing heart disease
  • Reduced liver function
  • Stomach irritation and stomach cancer
  • Damage to the pancreas, bowel and kidneys
  • Reduced sex drive and performance
  • Detrimental effects on the skin

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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