The Alcohol team is made up of specialist nurses who work across the Trust to help patients reduce their alcohol intake.
Alcohol-related illness and injury puts a large strain on the NHS. Alcohol is the second-biggest risk factor for cancer, with only smoking resulting in a larger risk, while liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality on the increase, with deaths going up by 40 per cent over the last decade.
In addition, up to 70 per cent of weekend admissions to emergency departments can be attributed to alcohol.
All patients are routinely asked to consider how much they drink when they are admitted to hospital. Patients considered to be at risk are either refered to the alcohol team or asked if they would like to recieve advice, depending on their score.
Use the chart below, or the Know Your Numbers webapp, to calculate your score. Scores of eight or above indicate you regularly drink above the guidelines. If you score 11 or 12, you may be alcohol dependant and require support from specialist services. Details of these services can be found down the right side of this page.
Regularly drinking no more than 14 units a week, spread over at least three days.
If you drink above the low risk guidelines on a regular basis, this makes you at an increased risk of alcohol related harm.
You are more vulnerable to injury (slips, trips and falls), depression, insomnia, mood changes, lethargy, memory issues, high blood pressure, stroke, alcohol dependence, liver disease and various forms of cancer.
You may be shocked or surprised to find yourself in the more at risk category. Sometimes increased alcohol use can sneak up on you, especially if you have had stressful life events.
You may want to make changes - friends and family may have commented on your drinking - you may have thought 'I need to cut down'. Maybe you have missed work with one too many hangovers.
You may require professional support to stop drinking alcohol if you find yourself experiencing the following symptoms of physical withdrawal before you have had your first drink of the day:
It can be dangerous to stop abruptly. A slow, gradual reduction is the safest option with appropriate support.
Know your numbers webapp
NHS Choices alcohol unit calculator
Alcohol intervention team: