Through limiting your alcohol intake, you be taking important steps towards maintaining your overall health and well-being. There are a number of things you can start to do to reduce alcohol including:
Make sure you understand how much you are drinking.
The guidelines for men and women are no more than 14 units per week. It’s essential to understand what a unit of alcohol is and how it relates to different types of drinks. For instance, did you know there are three units in a 250ml glass of wine, which means if you drink just two glass that is nearly half the units for a woman for a week. Visit:NHS – Alcohol units Drinkaware
Think about how much you want to drink before going out. Stick to your plan and avoid peer pressure to drink more than you intended.
Alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
Alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks, such as water or juice, can help reduce overall alcohol intake. It can also help you stay hydrated and avoid excessive drinking.
Avoid drinking on an empty stomach
Drinking on an empty stomach can increase the absorption of alcohol and lead to faster intoxication. Try to eat a meal or snack before drinking and avoid drinking before or during meals.
Get help and support from your GP or from other organisation in your community
If you’re struggling to limit your alcohol intake, seek support. Speak to a healthcare professional, join a support group, or talk to a trusted friend or family member. They can provide advice and encouragement.
Through reducing your alcoholic intake you can start to make the essential changes you need to maintain your overall health and wellbeing, and there are many ways to do so on a budget.
If you need additional support or advice, speak to your GP or contact Livewell for support in your area.Livewell – Alcohol and drug support
A range of services are available locally to help you improve your health and wellbeing. Click the link below to find out more and access your local service.Lifestyle Services