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Cutting Your Alcohol
Here are some festive top tips:
Cutting down has lots of benefits – mentally, physically, socially and financially – and when you’re trying to reduce your alcohol intake it’s important to know how to start and keep going.
Regularly drinking above the low risk limit can cause long-term health damage. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.
If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week and want to cut down, try these eight simple tips to help you both at home and during social events.
Tip #1 – Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
Tip #2 – Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
Tip #3 – Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Tip #4 – Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle.
Tip #5 – Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.
Tip #6 – Set a budget
Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
Tip #7 – Stay hydrated
Have a glass of water before you have alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
Tip #8 – Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.
What are the benefits of cutting down?
– You may feel better in the mornings
– You may feel less tired during the day
– Your skin may start to look better
– You may start to feel fitter
– You may stop gaining weight
For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Tipsoncuttingdown.aspx