Do you need to cut down?
Whatever your reasons for wanting to cut down on alcohol, we know you won’t regret it.
Reducing your alcohol intake has loads of feel-good benefits. It’s good for your health, great for your relationships and can even have a positive impact on your sex life. And the good news is that there are plenty of practical ways you can start to cut down.
The first step is to look honestly at how much you already drink.
If you’ve come to this page straight from our Unit and Calorie Calculator then you’ll already have a good idea about what your drink equals in alcohol units and calories. You’ll also know how that compares to the UK Chief Medical Officers' low risk drinking guidelines.
The UK Chief Medical Officers advise that it is safest for people not to regularly drink more than the low risk unit guidelines of 14 units of alcohol (equivalent to six pints of 4% beer or six 175ml 13% ABV glasses of wine). ‘Regularly’ means drinking most weeks.
If you think your drinking puts you above the low risk level (you’re regularly drinking more than 14 units per week) it could be time to look at cutting down.
The key to successfully cutting down is to make small, but important, changes in your attitude towards drinking. Lots of little changes can add up to big change in your lifestyle. Here are some ideas:
Use our calculator to find out how having more drink-free days can make a big difference.
Staying within the alcohol guidelines on a night out is much easier if you stay in control of what you drink.
Keeping an eye on what you drink can have a positive effect on your overall health and wellbeing. It can help you:
If you're looking for information or advice about your own, or someone else's alcohol use, speak to one of our trained advisors. You don't even have to make a phone call.