If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week you are a risk of damaging your health.
The type of illnesses you can develop after 10-20 years of consuming more than 14 units a week regularly include:
- heart disease
- cancers of the month, throat and breast
- liver disease
- brain damage
If you do drink mosts week and want to reduce the risk of harming your health then you should spread your drinking over three days or more and not consume more than 14 units a week.
Drinking heavily over a long period can affect your mental health and can increase the risk of feeling suicidal and depressed.
If you drink too much too quickly on a single occasion (also known as ‘single session’ drinking) you are at a greater risk of accidents and injuries, such as:
- alcohol poisoning
- heart disease
- head injuries
To avoid these risks you should:
- drink more slowly
- alternate with water or non-alcoholic drinks
- drink with food
- limit how much you drink
- make sure you are with people you know
- avoid risky/dangerous places and activities
People tend to ‘single session’ drink at parties and sporting events.
Alcohol can make you act differently and you might make decisions you normally wouldn’t make, such as having unprotected sex.
Remember – the less you drink, the lower the health risks.
For more information, go to: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Effectsofalcohol.aspx
Of the three people in the office today one of us for some reason is not drinking (booze) during the month of January… so, the rest of us figured we should make an effort to be supportive.
What’s it all about?
There are many reasons for doing a dryathlon (as it is also referred to), a lot of people simply see it as their new year’s resolution. Often they give up after a few days when they realise all their mates are ‘out to play ‘or someone has a party.
Other people say they are going to be more healthy in January after all the feasting and indulging that they have done over the festive period but again, after a few days of trying to be healthy, a large percentage of people simply give up and slip into old habits.
What are the benefits?
Nobody needs to be told that too much alcohol is bad for them, but what if you were told of all the benefits that you could have just by not having that tipple?
Well, there is the obvious one that jumps straight out, which is that you will save money! Just think what you could do with the extra cash instead of going to the pub or the off licence.
As well as saving money, there are several health benefits. You will sleep better by reducing your alcohol consumption, as well as noticing that you have a better skin tone and a nicer feel to your hair.
Above all, the major thing to come of going dry for a month will be the fact that you will be living a much healthier lifestyle, which in turn will contribute to you losing weight! What better incentive do you need than that?
You can help a good cause!
So with all these great benefits, it sound like a great idea doesn’t it? Well we certainly think it does anyway!
If you want to try and stay dry for January, then you can do it officially by registering through the Alcohol Concern website using the following link: https://registration.dryjanuary.org.uk/
You can also get lots of handy information and tips on how to complete the month by visiting https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/dry-january/
So will you be able to complete the Dry January challenge? Let us know below…