Watch what you drink, urges addiction professional

EAT, DRINK, and be merry, they tell us. For many, though, all three of those things don’t necessarily go together.
A wee tipple at Christmas is one thing, but many here in Fermanagh will be going beyond that small glass of sherry and will no doubt be enjoying at least one hangover during this festive season. Given the severe impact alcohol can have on our mental well being, locals are being urged to keep it sensible this Christmas.
“It’s important for everyone to be aware of the amount they’re drinking, and if they’re drinking in the house to be aware of the measures they’re pouring,” said Aidan Ormsby from Solace at the Arc Healthy Living Centre. “You need to make sure you’re keeping yourself safe, surrounding yourself with people who they know and trust, and not over doing the alcohol.”
Mr Ormsby, pictured left, added it was easy to over-indulge: “Especially when everyone’s being kind and offering you a drink, just be aware of taking different types of alcohol you’re not used to.”
Equally, people should be aware of other people’s limits and potential issues, and don’t be putting peer pressure on anyone to drink.
“It’s important to be aware of the sensitivities around alcohol, especially at this time of year when everybody’s in a festive mood,” said Mr Ormsby. “For some people who maybe have had alcohol dependency, it’s important we take those sensitivities into consideration and we’re not trying to force or persuade people to drink. If they do say no, then no means no.”

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