If you would like help to stop or cut down on an unhealthy habit, please see the support and advice available below.
Nutrition plays a key role in the prevention and treatment of a wide-range of health conditions.
Swansea Bay University Health Board’s (SBU) Nutrition and Dietetics service works with hospital patients, the wider general public, other health professionals and organisations to promote nutritional health and wellbeing.
The team consists of dietitians, nutrition nurses, nutritionists and support staff with a broad range of experience and clinical expertise. They are able to assess and treat the dietary issues of children and adults in health and disease. They organise and manage artificial nutrition support for patients when needed in the hospital and in the community.
To find out more and contact the team for advice, please visit Nutrition And Dietetic Service - Swansea Bay University Health Board (nhs.wales)
Giving up smoking is one of the very best things you can do for your overall health.
Simply fill in your details and a member of the team will call you back to support you. If required you will be offered a nicotine replacement therapy completely free of charge!
Alcohol misuse is when you drink in a way that’s harmful, or when you’re dependent on alcohol. To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
- Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – a widely used screening test that can help determine whether you need to change your drinking habits
- Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption – a simpler test to check whether your drinking has reached dangerous levels
We have also included some further reading and advice below
- Alcohol Change UK
- Alcoholics Anonymous – helpline 0800 9177 650
- Al-Anon Family Groups – helpline 0800 0086 811
- DAN 24/7 Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline – 0808 808 2234
Alcohol drinking guidelines
There is no safe limit for drinking alcohol. Drinking even low amounts of alcohol increases the risk of diseases like cancer.
To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days. If you have one or two heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risks of death from long term illness and from accidents and injuries.
The risk of developing a range of health problems increases the more you drink on a regular basis.
If you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.
Why is alcohol a problem in Wales?
45% of men and 34% of women report drinking above the recommended guidelines. Alcohol is the cause of around 1,500 deaths a year, on top of a cost of more than £1 billion of harm to society.
Alcohol related deaths are higher in the most deprived areas of Wales.
Growing up in families where alcohol or substance misuse is a problem can have negative impacts which persist long into adulthood.
14% of adults have been exposed to alcohol misuse during childhood. Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences can reduce levels of harmful drinking by 35%.