Many people don’t realise that – when it comes to drinking alcohol – it’s not just how much that matters, it’s also how often.
If you’re reaching for a bottle or glass most nights, it can really add up – even if you feel like you’re not drinking a lot. And this can harm your physical and mental health.
That’s why we’re encouraging people to have more Drink Free Days – a simple way to improve your wellbeing by cutting out a few drinks. The chances are you’re already having some days without alcohol, so adding another day or two should be a doddle. Right?
But I only have a couple of drinks
Having a couple of beers or glasses of wine at home most days of the week might not seem like a problem. Perhaps you tell yourself if you feel okay and you’re still getting done what you need to every day, what’s the harm?
The truth is that across the week, these drinks can quickly add up and you could easily, and without realising it, be regularly drinking in a way that could be storing up health risks for the future.
An important first step is to know what you’re drinking. (If you’re not sure, see how you compare with to the rest of the UK population with our free DrinkCompare Calculator.)
Even if you’re just having a couple of drinks in front of the telly to unwind, you may find that you need to cut down. But don’t despair.
The good news is that reducing your alcohol intake by having more Drink Free Days each week could lead to a healthier, happier you.
Drinking alcohol most nights – even just a beer or two– could be doing serious damage to your body on the inside. It can affect your weight and your blood pressure– increasing your chance of having a stroke or heart attack.
Just having a little less could help you feel better, look better and really improve your health.
But alcohol relaxes you and helps you sleep, right? Afraid not.
Alcohol is a depressant – meaning that, far from helping with stress and anxiety, it can actually make them harder to deal with in the long term. And although you might think a drink or two might help you drop off, research shows that alcohol makes the quality of your sleep worse.
Do that every night and you’ll probably get used to feeling tired or sluggish in the morning. But you don’t have to. Just giving yourself a break from alcohol several days a week should help you feel better rested with more energy.
You mean a lot to a lot of different people.
You might be a best friend, a father, or a partner. You could be a colleague or a boss. Maybe you’re a provider, a joker, a picker-upper or a dropper-offer.
Whatever part you play in the lives of those around you, cutting back on alcohol a few days a week could help you play it with more energy, more personality – more you.
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