As the nights draw in and the weather gets drearier and darker, it can be hard to keep going with a healthy lifestyle. You might find it tempting to drink more alcohol.
But drinking too much can have harmful effects on many aspects of our health. In this blog, our quality and evaluation officer, Rachael, looks at some of the benefits of drinking less.
Alcohol and healthy living
For many people, cutting down or giving up alcohol can:
Government guidelines now recommend that it is best if both men and women do not drink any more than 14 units of alcohol per week. You can see how much a ‘unit’ is below.
If you regularly drink as much as 14 units, you should spread this evenly over 3 days or more. If you want to drink less, a good way is to have several drink-free days each week.
Heavy drinkers, or people dependent on alcohol, should speak with their GP before cutting down or stopping drinking.
The benefits of drinking less
Whether you’re giving up completely, or just reducing how much you drink, you may notice some benefits. These can sometimes lead to long-term lifestyle changes. The benefits will be different for everyone, but they might include:
For more support
If you’re looking for tips about how to cut down on your drinking, we have some ideas on our website. You can also visit the Drink Aware website for information.
We have a range of resources on healthy living that you might find helpful. Visit the be.Macmillan website to find out what’s available.
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