DRINKS: Many people enjoy a cool alcoholic beverage after a hard day on the job.
DRINKS: Many people enjoy a cool alcoholic beverage after a hard day on the job. Contributed

TRADIES: Know your alcohol limits for your safety

OVERALL health and wellbeing often involves being aware of what you put into your body.

To be healthy, you need enough water, but not too much in fear of over-hydration.

You also need enough food, but not enough to unhealthily overindulge.

It's about maintaining a balance and knowing your limits, which is very important for tradies who rely on a strong, healthy body for work.

For a tradie, knowing your limits is especially important when it comes to drinking alcohol.

According to the Queensland Government, monitoring your alcohol and drug intake is one of their top six focuses for keeping healthy as a tradie.

This is a focus for the government as the Alcohol and Drug Foundation reveal how alcohol and drug misuse accounts for 6.7 per cent of Australian disease and injury, 6,660 deaths per year, and a combined cost of $23 billion.

According to the Queensland Government, the effects of drugs or alcohol can impact how well tradies can do their jobs if drinking irresponsibly and can impact both their own safety and safety of their co-workers on the job.

Recreational, legal drinking of course isn't always bad for you, but if you find yourself binge drinking after every shift, that's when you might have a problem.

According to Reach Out, symptoms of alcohol abuse include sweating and feeling nauseous when you don't drink alcohol, worrying when you'll be able to have your next drink, drinking when you wake up or on the job, and feeling the need to hide your drinking habits.

If this sounds like you, there are many helplines available to help you, including DrugInfo on 1300 858 584, Family Drug Helpline on 1300 368 186, Parentline on 1300 301 300 and Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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