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Reducing Alcohol

Are you thinking about reducing the amount of alcohol you drink?

If you regularly drink more than the recommended guidelines you are putting your health at risk.

The NHS recommends not regularly drinking more than 14 units per week of alcohol and that if you do drink as much as 14 units per week then to spread these evenly over 3 or more days.

There are a number of immediate health benefits of cutting down your alcohol intake these include :

  • Feeling better when you wake up in the morning
  • better looking skin
  • being less tired throughout the day and better looking skin

Some longer term benefits include :

  • Better mood – there is a link between heavy drinking and depression and if you already feel anxious or sad drinking can make this worse, by drinking less you may see your mood improve generally
  • Improved sleep – drinking can disrupt your sleep and may even prevent you from going into a deep sleep, cutting down on your alcohol intake should result in you feeling more rested when you wake up
  • Better judgement/behaviour – sometimes drinking can cause irrational behaviour or make you act aggressive when your drunk, in the long term it can also cause memory loss for some drinkers
  • Improved immune system – drinking too much alcohol regularly can lower your immune system and therefore effect your body’s ability to fight infections

You might not be aware of the number of calories there are in alcoholic drinks that can cause weight gain if consumed in large amounts. some glasses of wine have the same number of calories in as a slice of cake! Further information about the number of calories in your drinks can be found via the following linkĀ  :

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/calories-in-alcohol/

Below you will find some useful links to services and online unit calculators that will help you to reduce the amount of alcohol you are drinking

If you want to find out more about what FREE local services might be available to you then why not call one of our friendly team of hub advisors on 0116 454 4000