HEALTH: Cutting Your Drinking

Drinking too much alcohol is likely to have a damaging effect on your health. Here are a few  simple tips to help you cut down.

Plan Ahead: Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.

Set a budget: Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.

Share the News: If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and that it’s important to you, you could get support from them.

Make Gradual Changes: Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.

Not just Fewer, also Smaller: Enjoy your drink but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.

Percentage Gains: Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle.

Hydration First: Drink a pint of water before you start drinking, and don’t use alcohol to quench your thirst. Have a soft drink instead.

Have a day (or two) off: Have the odd day each week when you don’t have an alcoholic drink.

For more information, advice and useful tools like the units calculator, have a look at the extensive content on Alcohol on the NHS Choices website.

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