TOOLBOX TALK 60/60
TOPIC: ALCOHOL USE
OBJECTIVE: TO ENCOURAGE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR
While drinking alcohol occasionally in moderation does not have major effects on your health and life, excessive drinking can. “A drinker at risk is someone whose health is likely to be affected by drinking or who is or is likely to become an alcoholic. Risk drinking during weekdays involves on average 7,5% of the population and is more prevalent at weekends (“binge drinking”) with an average of 31,5% of those aged between 25 and 54 at greatest risk.” (South African National Drug Master Plan 2006-2011)
- Binge drinking is the most common type of alcohol abuse and is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks for women during a single occasion and for men, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion.
- Heavy drinking is defined as consuming: 8 or more drinks per week for women and for men, 15 or more drinks per week.
Short Term Issues Caused by Alcohol
- Alcohol affects our decision-making abilities as well as our motor skills. This leads to things such as risky behaviour, physical injuries due to falls, assault situations with other people, and motor vehicle accidents.
- When you drink too much, you do not make the best choices. Poor choices while being under the influence of alcohol leave many people injured, put into jail, or killed every single year.