It’s the time of year where you really notice how alcohol is linked to a lot of social activity. As we approach the festive period and in case you’re thinking you might like to give Dry January a go, here are some health facts worth considering:
- Heavy drinking disrupts your sleep cycle,
leaving you feeling tired and sluggish the next day, making the hangover feel
- 10.8 million adults in England are drinking at
levels that pose some risk to their health
- Alcohol is the third biggest risk factor to your
heath after smoking and obesity, and has been identified as a causal factor in over 60 medical conditions including
strokes, heart disease, and liver disease.
- Men and women who drink regularly should consume no more
than 14 units a week - equivalent to six pints of beer or seven glasses of
- Pregnant women should not drink at all.
- If you drink, it should be moderately over three or more
days and some days should be alcohol-free.
- Don’t "save up" units and drink them all in one or
two goes. Heavy drinking sessions
increase the risk of accidents and injury.
Free Alcohol Test
If you are worried about your drinking, you can take this free test and it will tell you if you’re drinking at risky levels. You’ll also find handy tips on how to cut down your drinking on the same website.
If you want further advice, make an appointment to see your GP.
Finally, if you want to give Dry January a go, here’s a link to sign up and to download the free app with a progress calendar to help you track the money and calories saved.