With Christmas just around the corner, trying not to get carried away with the ‘Christmas cheer’ can be challenging. It’s all too easy for those alcohol units to add up quickly.
What might not be so clear is how our Christmas drinking might be affecting our mental wellbeing and health. That’s why we’ve created this list of top tips on how to make the most of the festive holiday without putting your health at risk:
1. Do take a look at the Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines and aim to limit yourself to 14 units a week, which equates to six standard glasses of 13% wine or six pints of 4% beer.
2. If you want to drink this much, it is better for your health to spread it over three or more days and avoid binge drinking. Also, drinkaware.co.uk have a free app that you can download to help you track and calculate your units.
3. Try to incorporate Drink Free Days, it can really make a difference to your health.
4. Avoid drinking alcohol on an empty stomach. Having a meal and snacking in between drinks will help to slow down the absorption of alcohol, keeping you in control.
5. Try making every other drink a soft drink and avoid drinking in rounds, which may make you drink more than you intended.
6. Try having a no or low alcoholic alternative to traditional drinks which taste just as good (take a look at the BBC’s review of some of the best tasting non-alcoholic beers). Alternatively, try these delicious alcohol-free mocktails.
7. Let people know – If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and it’s important to you, they may support and encourage you.
8. Remember Drinking and driving kills. No matter how tempting it may be never drink and drive and remember alcohol can take a long time to be removed from the body so you should be careful and consider not driving if you have been drinking the night before too.
9. Time to downsize – try reducing the serving size of your alcoholic beverage. It will help you drink less and reduce your overall calorie intake.
10. Improve your health, both physical and mental, by making drinking less one of your New Year’s resolutions. To help you stay on track check out Drink Adware’s range of useful tools designed to help you cut back.
Four in five adults drink more than they intend to at times, according to a new YouGov poll, as one in ten drinkers plan to take on Dry January 2020.
This is according to a new online YouGov poll commissioned by Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind Dry January.