Make premiership decision to benefit your health this season

Homepage » News » Make premiership decision to benefit your health this season

Make premiership decision to benefit your health this season

Make premiership decision to benefit your health this season

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Man and children playing football

Enjoy playing as well as watching football

Make premiership decision to benefit your health this season

Cumbrian football fans are being urged to make healthy choices by the start of the Premiership to play as well as watch the glorious game.

As the Premiership kicks off this Saturday (August 18) supporters are being reminded of the health benefits of playing sport – and are being advised to not make watching football an excuse for unhealthy choices.

Dr Nigel Calvert is an Associate Director of Public Health for NHS Cumbria. He said: “There’s more to exercise and being active than losing weight. Even if you’re slim, you’ll still get health benefits from exercising. Even a little regular activity can lower the risk of developing major chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes, by up to 50 per cent.

“It's recommended that adults get at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, preferably exercise which makes you warm and gets your heart rate up. A friendly game of football with friends in the park is one way of getting your weekly exercise.”

Research shows that during football tournaments such as the World Cup, assault attendances at hospital emergency departments in Cumbria rose by a third during England games.

The report published by the North West Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group shows assaults which left victims requiring hospital treatment increased by 50 per cent when England played on Saturdays.

Ahead of the start of the Premiership on Saturday, doctors in Cumbria are asking fans to exercise common sense and act responsibly, particularly if alcohol is involved.

Dr Calvert added: “Football and alcohol can be a heady cocktail which can land people in hospital if they are not sensible.

“Drinking heavily can loosen inhabitations, make people feel more aggressive and increase the risk of someone committing an assault, or becoming the victim of one.

“Just doing a few simple things should help keep fans in Cumbria safe and make for a happier 2012/3 season.”

If you're going to the pub to watch a game:

-     Dress appropriately for the weather;

-     Make sure you have a plan to get home and you inform friends or family of your intentions, but never drink drive or resort to walking home alone;

-     Make sure if you’re drinking, that you keep an eye on the number of drinks you’ve had;

-     Try to alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks, and don't mix alcohol with other substances or medication;

-     Look out for your friends, stick together and make sure you tell someone if you begin to feel unwell;

-     Don’t place yourself in danger, and always tell someone of your intentions if your plans change.

If you're staying at home to watch a game and are planning on having a drink:

-     Never leave yourself in a situation where a child could be at risk because there’s no adult sober enough to get them to hospital or seek help;

- Watch your measures. At home, we tend to pour bigger glasses and be less aware how much we’re actually consuming. Try not to exceed the recommended limits (3-4 units per day for men, 2-3 units per day for women).

Units in different alcohol measurements:

One pint of larger at 4% abv equals 2.3 units One pint of cider at 5% abv equals 2.8 units Small gin or vodka 25ml equals one unit Double gin or vodka 50ml equals two units Standard glass of wine 175ml (12%) equals 2.0 units Large glass of wine 250ml (12%) equals three units One bottle of wine 12% equals nine units One bottle of wine 14% equals 10.5 units One pint of larger at 4% abv equals 2.3 units One pint of cider at 5% abv equals 2.8 units Small gin or vodka 25ml equals one unit Double gin or vodka 50ml equals two units Standard glass of wine 175ml (12%) equals 2.0 units Large glass of wine 250ml (12%) equals three units One bottle of wine 12% equals nine units One bottle of wine 14% equals 10.5 units

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2012

 

 
Bookmark and Share

© Copyright NHS Cumbria CCG 2019. All rights reserved.