Don’t let drink sneak up on you

How to catch it out and cut back

After a long day, many of us like to unwind with a nice glass of something. But it’s funny how drink sneaks up on us. The odd glass in the evening can quickly become two or three regular glasses, most evenings.

A couple of glasses at home. A few after work … drink can sneak up on us.

The trouble is that drink sneaks up on our organs too, giving the body a hard time. Regularly drinking over the guidelines can lead to serious health problems, from liver damage to a greater risk of getting cancer or having a heart attack.
What may seem like just a little more alcohol can do a lot of harm to your body.

The good news is that there’s no need to stop drinking alcohol altogether. All you really need to do, if you choose to drink, is to stick within the guidelines.

Drinking less now can make a big difference to your health later on.

Find out about the risks of too much alcohol and the benefits of cutting down. Check out the Change4Life website

or read the Don't let drink sneak up on you leaflet

How many units are in your favourite drink?   

Why not try a fruity and refreshing mocktail (alcohol free cocktail) ?


Key messages

* Have a least 2 alcohol free days a week

* Stick to the reccomended daily guidelines (men - 3-4 units; women 2-3 units)

* Cutting down on drinking can reduce the risk of serious health problems and help to look and feel in better shape

Can you stay off the booze for 31 days ? Start thinking about having a Dry January


Did you know? 

Two large glasses of wine (ABV13%) or more a day could make you three times more likely to get mouth cancer.

A spare tyre - If you drink 10 pints a week, you could be taking on more than 2,000 extra calories (kcal) each week.

Muffin top - If you drink  10 standard (175ml)  glasses of  wine a week it  will add more than 1,200 extra calories (kcal) each week.

Over 45s are three times more likely to drink alcohol every day

People who work are more likely to drink alcohol than unemployed people

Around 200,000 people come to work with a hangover every day

Alcohol is the 2nd biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking