If you’re reading this, you’re likely to be thinking about cutting back on the amount that you’re drinking.
Cutting down on alcohol is good for us all (and good for our wallets too – the average person spends £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime!). In addition to helping us to avoid a hangover it also brings a number of benefits that you may not have thought about or realised:
- You sleep better
- Your skin condition can improve
- It can help you to lose weight
- It can improve your overall health and mental wellbeing.
To reduce your risk of harming your health, it is recommended that both men and women do not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. It is advised that if you drink as much as 14 units a week you spread your drinking over three days or more.
Top tips to help reduce the amount that you drink:
- Join in with Dry January and have an alcohol-free month
- Think about adding alcohol-free days into your diary
- Try an alcohol-free or low alcohol alternative. There are lots of different options out there including mocktails, wines and beers
- Talk to your friends and family to let them know your plans, they may want to join in at the same time!
Many people drink to relax after a stressful day or if they are going through a difficult time in their life, however there are many other productive methods of winding down such as:
- Taking a long bath
- Reading an interesting book
- Watching television
- Heading out for a walk
- Trying some new activities in your local area.
For further advice, follow the useful links on the right-hand side of this page.
Local help and support
If you’re experiencing cravings when you cut back on alcohol, you could have become alcohol dependant without realising it.
There are many supportive groups in Doncaster for people who would like to cut down on the amount that they drink - search for the term 'alcohol' in the directory to find a group in your local area. Alternatively talk to your GP who can help you, and if appropriate, arrange for you to access local alcohol services.
For further advice about overcoming an alcohol addiction contact Aspire drug and alcohol services.