The benefits of drinking less

It is recommended that we drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. These drinks should be spread out over 3 or more days rather than drunk all at once and we should also have a couple of alcohol free days. There is no safe level of drinking but sticking within these guidelines reduces our risk of related health problems.


 

What does 14 units look like?

14 units is 6 x 175 ml glasses of wine or 6 pints of 4% beer.

You can check how many units are in your drinks here.

 

The NHS Better Health website tells us that we don’t necessarily need to be teetotal to notice the benefits of drinking less alcohol. Opting for lower strength drinks and having a few alcohol free days are positive steps in the right direction.

Why not download the NHS Drink Free Days app to help you?

With the app you can:

  • track your drink-free days

  • get tips to help you manage your drinking

  • receive reminders

  • get help to set and  reach your targets

What are the benefits to drinking less?

Those who have reduced how much alcohol they drink have noticed these benefits:

 

Short-term benefits:

  • feeling better in the mornings

  • being less tired and more energetic

  • better-looking skin

  • saving some money

 

Long-term benefits:

  • lower blood pressure

  • lower risk of stroke, hypertension, cancer and liver disease

  • lower cholesterol levels

  • better mood, memory and quality of sleep

  • help with weight management

Regularly drinking too much means higher risks to your health. However, if you find you have physical withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating or feeling anxious when you haven’t had a drink then you should get medical advice. It can be dangerous to stop drinking too quickly without proper help.

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The benefits of drinking less