Why it’s important
If you regularly drink more than 14 units per week you increase your risk of health problems, accidents, misjudging risky situations or losing self control. However, once you start cutting back you’ll notice the benefits including:
- Feeling full of beans
Once you start cutting back, you may quickly find you have more energy and feel less tired during the day.
- Enjoying a good night’s sleep
Drinking can affect your sleep and stop you from sleeping deeply. You’re also likely to wake early and find it hard to drop off again. Once you start cutting back you’ll notice your sleep improving.
- Better skin
Alcohol dehydrates your skin every time you have a drink, depriving your skin of vital vitamins and nutrients and making it appear dull and grey. Luckily, skin is quick to react to changes so it should be looking better after just a couple of days of drinking less.
- Fitting into your favourite jeans again!
Alcohol is fattening! All those hidden calories in your drinks can put you at serious risk of becoming overweight or obese. Cut out just one pint a day for a week and you’ll have saved nearly 1,500 calories! So it won’t be long before your jeans starting fitting you better.
- More cash
Drinking less is great for your wallet. The cost of drinking alcohol can quickly add up. Think how much you could save by making small changes and cutting down.
- Better long-term health
The biggest benefit to cutting back is better long-term health, including reducing your risk of developing cancer, liver or heart disease. You may not be able to see the difference you’re making, but by sticking to the government’s low risk guidelines you’ll be doing your body a big favour.