A recent TheJournal.ie poll showed that over 40% of people are planning not to drink alcohol in January. Whether you're trying to avoid alcohol altogether for the month or would prefer to make small changes that you can keep up throughout the year, give yourself the best chance of success by making a plan.
A 2013 HSE report found that in Ireland, we underestimate how much we drink by over 60%.(1) With this in mind, figuring out exactly how much alcohol you drink on average is a good place to start when making your New Year's resolutions. Our drinks calculator will show you the number of standard drinks and calories you consumed on any given occasion, as well as how much money you spent. This will help to give you an idea of how much you drink on average.
Getting the facts about how alcohol affects your health and wellbeing could help you set your goals. Whatever you choose, make sure they are the right goals for you. Here are just a few to consider.
During the festive season, there are more social events to attend and people often drink more than usual - more than is considered healthy. The 2016 Healthy Ireland Survey found that 37% of us binge drink on a typical occasion.(2) The Department of Health/HSE recommend that to reduce alcohol-related risks to your health, you should not exceed the low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption:
Take our quiz to find out if you are drinking within the guidelines. If not, it could be time to think about making a change.
Little changes to the way you drink can have a big impact. The next time you drink alcohol, why not try some of our quick tips?
Whatever your reasons for reducing how much you drink and however you choose to do it, remember to keep focussed on your goals, track your progress and note any positive changes you experience.