Sir Trevor McDonald, 80, is an imposing figure in the world of journalism, so much so that he was knighted in 1999 for his services to industry. The anchor has built a reputation for presenting the news with a respectable and dignified formality. In an interview with Decanter magazine, the presenter revealed another side of his personality.
ITV News At Ten newscaster opened up about his compulsive drinking habit in the 1970s: "The problem is it's never just a glass. I get home at 11pm and then look at the clock and it's approaching midnight." night and I'm in my fourth cup.
The presenter admitted that alcohol intake would increase when he was not working: "I found out how quickly your supplies go down when you're home at night."
He reported that the drink culture at the time meant that some presenters were half cut when they aired: "There was a bar across the street and most people could be found there day and night."
He added: “My co-anchor, Reggie Bosanquet, had to be dragged at five to ten and persuaded to sit down. How we used to keep working, I'll never know. "
As the NHS explains, excessive alcohol consumption usually refers to drinking too much alcohol in a short time or drinking to get drunk.
In the UK, excessive alcohol consumption is drinking more than:
- Eight units of alcohol in one session for men
- Six units of alcohol in a single session for women
"This is not an exact definition for alcohol abuse that applies to everyone, as alcohol tolerance may vary from person to person," the health site said.
The speed of drinking in one session can also alter the effects of alcohol, warns the health site, and drinking too much too quickly on a single occasion can increase the risk of:
- Accidents that result in injury, causing death in some cases
- Judge risk situations incorrectly
- Losing self-control, how to have unprotected sex
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How to reduce your risk
According to the NHS, there are several ways to reduce the risk of drunkenness and avoid the health problems associated with it.
- Limit how much you drink on a single occasion
- Drink slower
- Drink with food
- Alternate with water or non alcoholic beverages
- Plan ahead to avoid problems, such as ensuring you can get home safely or have people you trust
Keeping track of your consumption is even more important if you are at risk or unknown, the health agency says, because you may be at risk with others and may not be able to take care of your friends.
He added: "You can easily lose control of what you do and say and you can make risky decisions, thinking it's invulnerable."
When to seek help
If you feel that you sometimes drink too much alcohol, or that your drinking is causing problems, or your family is concerned about drinking, talk to your doctor, Mayo Clinic advises.
Alternative ways to seek help include talking to a mental health professional or consulting with a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or a similar type of self-help group, says the health site.
As the health site explains, denial is common in people with drinking problems: "You may not recognize how much you drink or how many problems in your life are related to alcohol use."
It is important to listen to people around you, such as relatives, friends and colleagues, when they express concern about their drinking habits, says the health body.
There are numerous health benefits to reducing alcohol, including mood swings, notes the NHS: "There is a strong link between heavy drinking and depression, and hangovers often make you feel anxious and low."
If you already feel anxious or sad, drinking can exacerbate the problem, so reducing it can make you in a good mood overall, explains the health site.
As the health body points out, drinking can also disrupt sleep patterns: “While it may help some people fall asleep quickly, it can disrupt their sleep patterns and prevent you from sleeping deeply.
"So reducing alcohol should help you feel more rested when you wake up."
Reducing alcohol is also important for heart health, as the body explained: “Drinking too much in the long run can cause the heart to increase. This is a serious condition that cannot be completely reversed, but stopping drinking can prevent it from getting worse. "