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.


  • men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis
  • spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
  • if you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

If you’re pregnant or think you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.