Issue 22


Christmas Alcohol tips!

Holidays bring with them parties and gatherings, along with more opportunities than usual to drink alcohol with family and friends. Here are some tips to see you through the festive season with your health intact.

The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends a maximum of 4 standard drinks per day for men, and 2 for women. It also recommends having at least 2 alcohol-free days in a week. A standard drink contains approximately 10 grams of alcohol e.g. a 100 mL glass of table wine; a 60 mL glass of fortified wine; a middy of regular beer; or 30 mL of spirits.

  • Avoid topping drinks up: you may lose count of how many you have had. Try to alternate water or a non-alcoholic alternative with your alcoholic drinks, or try a non-alcoholic cocktail for a refreshing change.

  • Learn how to say no and encourage your friends to be supportive. Nominate yourself as the designated driver if you wish to avoid alcohol.

  • Remember that some beverages will contain more than one standard drink: take this into account when calculating your intake for the evening, particularly if you are driving.

  • Try to eat a substantial meal to increase your tolerance if you are planning on drinking. Salty party snack foods will encourage you to drink more quickly to avoid dehydration.

  • The Federal Office of Road Safety recommends you test yourself on a breath test machine approved by Standards Australia if you intend to drive after drinking. The national legal limit for blood alcohol concentration when driving is 0.05.

  • Remember that you may still be over the limit the next morning after a large drinking session.

  • Women should be aware that drinking the same number of drinks as a male counterpart can produce a higher blood alcohol reading in a woman because women generally have proportionately more fat and less body water than men. The contraceptive pill can also make women more affected by alcohol.

If you are having problems saying no to alcohol, talk to your health practitioner for support.

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Ingredients :

2 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed 1/3 cup sultanas 1/3 cup flaked almonds 1/2 cup glace cherries, chopped 1/3 cup glace pineapple 1/4 cup coconut 2 tablespoons mixed peel 100g Australian Butter, melted 1/2 cup Australian Sweetened Condensed Milk 150g dark chocolate, melted

Method : Combine cornflakes, sultanas, almonds, cherries, pineapple, coconut and peel, until well mixed. Stir in butter and condensed milk, mixing lightly. Press evenly into a buttered and lined lamington tin and bake at 180° C for 25 minutes. Cool and drizzle with chocolate. Refrigerate before cutting into squares.

Nutritional Analysis per serve Serves : Carbohydrates : 23 g Energy : 623 kJ Calcium : 41 mg Protein : 2 g Iron : mg Fat : 6 g

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