Jan-Feb 2018

Healthy Peterborough

5 benefits of drinking less

1. Drinking less reduces the risk of harming your health

Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week risks damaging your health. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine.  

To reduce the risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks:

  • men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week
  • spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

2. Cutting down makes you feel better

The immediate effects of cutting down include feeling better in the mornings, being less tired during the day, your skin may start to look better and you’ll start to feel fitter.

3. Drinking less alcohol reduces the chances of gaining weight

Did you know a standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate, and a pint of lager has about the same calorie count as a packet of crisps? Or that drinking five pints of lager a week adds up over a year and is equivalent to eating 221 doughnuts.

Tips to avoid weight gain include:

  • Alternate an alcoholic drink with a glass of water – this will help to prevent you becoming dehydrated.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. If you do reach for snacks while drinking, opt for a healthier option.
  • If you’re drinking white wine, why not add a splash of soda water to help the same number of units last longer?

4. Not drinking while pregnant is the safest approach

The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you’re pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink the greater the risk.

In addition to the risk of miscarriage, more recent research found that drinking, particularly in the first three months of pregnancy, also increases the risk of premature birth and low birthweight.

5. Avoiding binge drinking keeps you in control

Binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk. Binge drinking increases the risk of accidents, like head injuries and fractures, alcohol poisoning and heart disease

To reduce the risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks spread your drinking over three days or more days.

 

 

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