Your favourite tipple can impact your health
With the forthcoming festive season in mind, it's worth having a think about the amount of alcohol you drink in general.
While we don't want to put a dampener on the season of good cheer, do bear in mind that if you like a glass of wine or a pint you could be putting your health at risk in more ways than one.
Last week was Alcohol Awareness Week and we’ve asked people to think about the wide ranging impact drinking alcohol can have on their health.
The key advice is that there is no ‘safe’ amount of alcohol you can drink without it impacting on your health, so it is better not to drink any alcohol at all.
However, if you don’t choose to cut it out completely at the moment, you should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week and these should be spread out over several days with some alcohol-free days in between. This will help keep the health risks of alcohol to a low level and may even help you to cut it out over time.
There are lots of apps that help you keep track how much you're drinking; we like the NHS One You Drink Free Days app.
And with so many great tasting low or no-alcohol alternatives available these days, why not try a few before the festive season starts, so that you have some options to fall back on when the parties, catch ups, and dinners take place over Christmas and New Year?
Fewer young people are drinking than previously but it is still important to think about the messages we give our children about alcohol. The most recent recommendation is for an alcohol free childhood so what we say and what we do as parents are equally importantly, as it influences young people’s drinking habits.
Support to reduce your drinking:
One Recovery Bucks (confidential adult service, available for anyone including families or carers of drinkers).
0300 772 9672
Live Well Stay Well (advice and help with cutting down)
Switch Bucks (for children or young people who need help to stop drinking)
01494 527 000
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