Ever told yourself a little white lie about how much you drink? Many people often shock themselves when counting up their units the morning after the night before.
Alcohol Awareness Week (19 - 25 November) is the perfect time to make a change and reduce your alcohol intake, especially before the busy festive period begins.
Benefits include improved mood, increased fitness, weight loss, clearer skin and a stronger immune system.
Here are our top five ways to lower your drinking.
- Make a plan. Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you're going to drink. You’re more likely to stick to your plan if you’re prepared.
- Tell your family and friends! If you feel comfortable, why not make your loved ones aware of your plans to drink a little less? They’ll be less likely to encourage you to drink if they’re aware you’re making a conscious health choice. You never know, one or two of them may even join you!
- 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.
- Stay hydrated. Have a glass of water before you have alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
- Take part in the Drink Free Days campaign. Drink Free Days aims to help people make more conscious decisions around their drinking. Taking several Drink Free Days each week is a good way to cut back on alcohol and reduce your risk.
See how drinking alcohol most nights adds up with the Drink Free Days Calculator at www.drinkfreedays.co.uk.
For more information on Alcohol Awareness Week visit www.alcoholconcern.org.uk.