With a new report highlighting Britain's drinking culture, we ask if you can you have a good time this Christmas without damaging your bank balance and your liver.
A new poll claims that almost half of young men and women need alcohol to enjoy themselves at the Christmas party. The survey, for the government's Know Your Limits campaign, found that 45% of drinkers (aged between 25 and 34) needed alcohol to feel confident around colleagues.
The figures dropped to 13% for those aged over 55, with almost of third of all people interviewed in the poll, saying they relied on alcohol to get through the Christmas party.
Health awareness promoter Liz Tucker suggested: "While it is the season to be merry, think carefully before overdoing it this Christmas.
"You can all too easily become over confident, and say or do things you wouldn't do when sober. You'll also enjoy the next day so much more. I would encourage people to find alcohol-free ways of overcoming the horrors of the Christmas party."
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Calculate your units
Did you know that half a bottle of wine equals 4.7 units which is more than the recommended daily amount for both men and women. If gin is your tonic, then two large pub measures equals 2.7 units - the limit for a woman.
Shropshire County Council's Steve Chadwick said: "It's important to remember that drinks served at family or friends can be more generous than pub measures."
Christmas drink drive campaign
Steve Chadwick's Road Safety team has joined forces with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to push the don't drink and drive message this Christmas.
The campaign, called The End, is particularly aimed at young drivers who are the most at risk of being involved, injured or killed in a drink-drive accident.
In 2007, in Shropshire, there were 46 vehicle collisions with 67 people injured as a result of drink-driving.
"We want people to think about what The End represents, the end of much of what young people take for granted in their lives, " warned Mr Chadwick.
Non alcoholic cocktails
As part of The End campaign, the road safety team has been giving out free non-alcoholic drinks at supermarkets in the county. Here are a few of them:
last updated: 17/12/2008 at 13:54
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