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Alcohol...considered cutting down?

If you regularly drink more than the recommended daily limits of alcohol (3 or 4 units of alcohol per day for men, and 2 or 3 units per day for women), then cutting down may be good for both your mental and physical health.
The benefits of drinking less

  • Some of the benefits of cutting down may include:
  • Feeling more alert and refreshed in the mornings
  • Concentrating better at work
  • Feeling happier and more positive
  • Having more energy during the day
  • Looking healthier, with a clearer complexion
  • Losing some weight, or at least you may stop gaining weight
  • Below is a guide to help you proactively reduce your alcohol consumption and start to experience the benefits.

Have a goal
Set yourself a goal based on what you want to achieve - this could be stopping altogether or aiming to only have alcohol at the weekend. Decide on a start date and stick to it.
Monitor your intake
Keep a drink diary. Writing this on a regular basis will help you to work out how much you're drinking.
Understand your triggers
Work out which situations you know will encourage you to drink and then look for alternatives - for example, if you're going out with friends suggest the cinema instead of the pub.
Alternate your drinks
Pace yourself. Try drinking each drink more slowly or alternating alcoholic drinks with soft or low alcohol ones.
Divert yourself
If you are in a social situation that involves alcohol, try to find something else to do while you drink, like chatting, playing darts, pool, or dancing. This will take your mind off your drinks and help you to slow down.
Find ways to relax
Look for activities like swimming, yoga or going to the cinema, which will make you feel good and don't involve alcohol.

Celebrate successes
Reward yourself for progress - this could be by buying yourself a small gift or by taking part in something you enjoy.
Don't be hard on yourself
Remember, real change takes time, so try not to beat yourself up if you have a set back! Take action and refocus.
Useful websites

Get more tips and information on staying healthy from AXA PPP Healthcare’s website.

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*This information is taken from the following AXA PPP Healthcare website: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/healthy-lifestyle/winter/article/alcohol-considered-cutting-down/

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