Alcohol

 

Looking to cut down on how much alcohol you’re drinking? It’s all too easy for one relaxing drink to turn into several glasses – before we know it, alcohol can become part of our routine.

There’s no better time than now to make a positive change! Our coaches are here to support you.

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Regularly drinking above the recommended maximum limit of 14 units per week can cause short and long-term risks to your health, including:

  • Poor quality sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of energy
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

Whether you’re looking to cut down on how much alcohol you drink or become completely alcohol-free, we'll work with you to help you reach your goal.

Download our Drinks Diary and Alcohol Quiz and see how you measure up.

The weekly recommended drinking limit is 14 units per week. To find out more about this read out drinking guidelines here.

See our top tips below that can help you stay in control of your drinking:

When out drinking, getting involved in rounds is a sure-fire way to end up drinking more than you plan to. By avoiding them, you can stay in control of your own drinking (and your wallet will thank you!)

It’s easy for drinking in the pub or at home to become a routine. If you would like to drink less, why not try having a break from this routine? You could try meeting up for a coffee after work or getting into your comfy clothes and going for a walk and a catch-up with friends. When you get back home, you could snuggle down with a non-alcoholic hot drink. Herbal teas are a great choice as they’re almost all caffeine-free, as well as being packed full of flavour!

 

For the wine drinkers out there - it’s easy to top-up our glasses if there’s a bottle nearby. By pouring a glass and keeping the bottle out of sight (in the kitchen), you'll be able to keep full control over how much you’re drinking. If you have to get up and go to the kitchen each time, it will make you think about how many times you're topping up.

When you’re standing up, it’s easy to end up downing a drink and heading straight back to the bar.

By sitting down and taking your time with your drink, you’re less likely to accidentally end up overdoing it.

When we’re out and about, it’s easier to know exactly how much we’re drinking as bars, clubs and restaurants can only pour drinks with pre-measured amounts of alcohol. When we’re at home and pouring our own drinks, one small glass of wine can accidentally become a large because it’s free-poured (same with spirits). Staying in control of your home-poured drinks and sticking to standard servings will help you to avoid drinking more than you plan to.

If you're out having a drink, try to alternate between having an alcoholic drink and a non alcoholic drink such as a soft drink or water. This will help stop you getting a headache the next morning, as well as keeping your units down.

Remember, alcohol is high in calories and can really add on the pounds. If you’re trying to lose weight, try to reduce the amount you're drinking to help you reach your goal. 

Alcohol has hidden calories: 

  • 1 pint of beer can be up to 200 calories - it will take 20 minutes of running to burn off
  • 1 175ml glass of wine can be up to 160 calories - it will take 16 minutes of running to burn off
  • 1 glass of spirit can be up to 122 calories – it will take 12 minutes of running to burn off

 

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