How do I know if I am drinking too much?
The lower risk guidelines are:
The guidelines for both Women and Men are the same. Both should not regularly exceed 14 units per week, spread across the week and with at least 2 alcohol-free days per week.
To help you keep a track of your drinks, try downloading a drinks tracker onto your smart phone or computer. There are a few available such as the one from Drinkaware.
How is drinking too much risking your health?
In Buckinghamshire, 1 in 4 adults drink above the government guidelines for low risk alcohol consumption. This means that they are at increased risk of developing health problems such as:
- Increased risk of certain cancers, including breast, bowel and mouth cancer
- Increased risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure
- Increased risk of liver disease
- Increased risk of pancreatitis
- Reduced fertility
What are the benefits of drinking less?
Reducing your alcohol intake will not only reduce your risk of long-term health conditions, but you may notice other benefits such as:
- You sleep better
- You feel more energetic
- You lose weight
- Your skin looks better
Try the drinking mirror tool to see the effects on your skin.
Tips on how to cut back
Try using the drink tracker on your iPhone to keep track of how much you are drinking, you may be surprised!
Try keeping a Drinks Diary
Don’t drink on an empty stomach
Avoid stocking up when you do your shopping
Buy a drink measure
Set yourself a budget for alcohol
Be more aware of your alcohol in- take
for more information on alcohol, tips for cutting down and other information please click here.Last reviewed: 14/06/2017