Alcohol related liver disease overtook hepatitis C as the main reason for liver transplants
Settle down to dinner with a bottle of wine…
Kids in bed, open the gin…
One in five of us drink more than the recommended weekly amount, which increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.
According to research1 published on 15/1/19, alcohol related liver disease overtook hepatitis C as the main reason for liver transplants, for the first time.
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The NHS are promoting "Drink Free Days" as research shows that not drinking on specific days is more effective than trying to reduce the number of drinks per session, and we have some suggestions for changing your habits.
When do you drink?
The evening drinks?
If you drink during the evening at home, try altering it to just during dinner. A glass of alcohol throughout the mealtime is nice, and then stop when food is finished. Have a hot drink with dessert.
The just got in after a long day drink?
This drink is seen as something that will help you to unwind and reset after a stressful day. But before reaching for your glass, consider just stopping everything for a bit, and try to still your mind with that instead of alcohol.
The join me drink?
You may not want a drink, but your partner does so you have a drink with them. Discuss your plans to reduce drinking, and either work together doing the same as each other, or don't offer alcohol to the one who isn't having any — it isn't rude, it is respectful.
Make it a large one?
No. Buy small wine glasses. Buy an alcohol measure so that you can pour yourself accurate amounts of spirits.
Finish it off?
You wine will not "go off" if you don't drink it all that night. Buy a decent bottle stopper and it will be just fine to drink in a day or two.
Drinking in rounds gets expensive and everyone drinks to keep up with the fastest drinker. Buy your own drinks and go at your own pace.
If you fill up with a healthy meal before you go out, you will drink more slowly, and stay in control, helping you to stick to your reduction plan.
Keep track of how many drinks you have as you drink — it can seem like you have only had a couple, but it is pint #6. By tracking it then you are more aware of how many you have had. Drinkaware have an app for that.
Keep it small
Drink bottles or half pints instead of pints. Drink small glasses of wine. Have single spirits instead of doubles.
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