Booze and you - be in the know this Christmas

With so many social activities over the festive period and into the New Year, for those who choose to drink alcohol, it can be tricky to keep track of how much you’ve drunk.

Whether it’s a night out with friends, a quick drink with the neighbours or a festive catch up over a meal, alcohol is usually on the cards and the amount you drink can soon add up.

Did you know that the recommended maximum amount of alcohol per week is 14 units? Drinking over this amount can cause serious harm to your health so if you choose to drink alcohol, keeping under the limit is the best way to reduce the impact on your body.

Whilst we can’t stop people drinking, we want to make sure as many of you as possible stay safe so here are some tips to help you:

Sign up for an app – you can keep track of each drink, plan alcohol free days to give your body a break and see how many calories are in your drinks! www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/

Don’t drink and drive – it’s just not worth the risk so if you are drinking alcohol, plan ahead and use public transport, book a cab, have a designated driver or stay over https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/buses-and-trains/bus-timetables/

Beware the morning after – if you have been drinking alcohol, you are very likely to still be over the limit the following morning meaning you will have enough alcohol in your body to fail a breath test! So, if you need to drive in the morning, it’s best not to drink the night before.

Try Dry January – it may be a way off but if you’d like to give your body a break after indulging during the festivities, Dry January is a good start to reset your relationship with alcohol, feel healthier and save money. Find out more www.dryjanuary.org.uk

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