There are so many benefits to reducing your alcohol consumption, some you may expect and others that may be a welcome surprise. Not only is it good for your general health, improving your appearance and how you feel, drinking less will have a positive impact on other aspects of your life including your relationships and work. Remember, this decision is in your hands - if you regularly drink above the low-risk guidelines for alcohol or the effects of alcohol are having a negative impact on your life, it may be time to consider reducing your alcohol intake.
Here are just some of the benefits of cutting down on alcohol.
Alcohol can contribute to the development of mental health difficulties, as well as making existing problems worse. In fact, drinking when you’re anxious or stressed to improve your mood can have the opposite effect. If you frequently feel low after drinking, reduce your alcohol intake and keep a diary to track any changes in how you feel.
Many alcohol-related health risks don’t appear until later in life. Cutting down on how much alcohol you drink will reduce your risk of developing serious health issues such as cancer, liver or heart disease and could contribute to lowering your blood pressure. You may not be able to see the effects but you can rest assured that you are making a difference to your long-term health.
Alcohol has a high calorie content and so, regularly drinking increases your calorie intake. A pint of average strength beer (4.5%) contains 210 calories so drinking five pints will add over 1,000 calories to your intake. Alcohol also dehydrates the body which can leave your skin looking dull. Cutting down on how much your drink and opting for low-calorie alternatives can contribute to maintaining a healthy weight and appearance.
Alcohol can affect how well you sleep which can lead to a bad night’s rest and leave you with less energy than normal the following day. Even just a few drinks can interfere with the normal sleep process, affecting the quality of your sleep. Reduce how much alcohol you drink to see the positive effect on your energy levels.
So often, people don’t consider how much money they are spending on alcohol. Use our drinks calculator to estimate how much money you spend on alcohol during an average week. Multiply this by 52 and you'll have your spend for the year. If you were to set this aside every month, imagine how much you could save over time.