Serious Drinking

Serious Drinking is a joint venture between the Men’s Health Forum and Drinkaware that aims to provide men with the facts about alcohol in a readable and non-nagging way. I wrote, edited and designed.

As I discovered when working for the European Space Agency, getting scientists to write English can be a challenge and the politically-charged world of alcohol advice added another layer of complexity making this a real challenge to my project management skills. The sort of language preferred by an industry-organisation like Drinkaware is not the same as that employed by the target audience (ie. actual men) – the word ‘booze’, for example, was a no-no and even the title raised some eyebrows.

The icing on the cake was that half-way through the project the alcohol guidelines for men changed. Enough to drive anyone to drink.

Update: in November 2017, Serious Drinking was highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2017.

Back jacket blurb:

Many of us enjoy alcohol and there’s nothing wrong with that. This booklet explains how alcohol works, how it affects our bodies and how you can drink more safely. But alcohol is also a powerful drug that kills someone nearly every hour in the UK, the vast majority of them men. So this booklet also includes tips for controlling your drinking and what to look for if your relationship with alcohol is causing you concern.

  • Units and limits
  • Processing alcohol
  • Sleep, driving and hangovers
  • Effects on the body and mind
  • Our six-point plan for cutting down
  • How you know when you’ve got a drink problem.

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