Health Blog

Dry January

by Frankie Wythe on 02 January 2018 09:55

Alcohol is the UK’s biggest risk factor for death, ill health and disability for people aged 15-49.

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol during the month.

 

Why take part?

· Reset your relationship with alcohol

· Sleep better

· Improve your skin

· Lose weight

· Save money (the average person spends £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime)

 

Fundraise whilst taking part

The official 2018 partner charities to Alcohol Concern are:

· Action for Children, www.actionforchildren.org.uk

· Breast Cancer Now, breastcancernow.org

· British Liver Trust, www.britishlivertrust.org.uk

· Crisis, www.crisis.org.uk

· Hospice UK, www.hospiceuk.org

· World Cancer Research Fund, www.wcrf-uk.org/

 

Understand Units

A unit is a measure of the amount of alcohol in a drink. One unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. How much alcohol (how many units) there is in your drink can vary enormously depending on the size, strength and type of drink.  One drink does not simply equal one unit, this is why it is important to be aware of the units you consume.  

Understanding how many units you’re consuming or realising that alcohol can cause unhealthy weight gain may make you want to change your drinking habits. You can make informed choices and start to make positive changes to your lifestyle, limiting the impact that alcohol has on you.

Use the unit calculator to find out how many units are in your drink.

· A small glass of wine = 1.3 units

· A large glass of wine = 3.3 units

· A pint of larger = 2 units

 

Alcohol Myths

· Alcohol is a winter warmer- A shot of whisky or brandy can make you feel warmer for a bit, but alcohol actually lowers your body temperature, so it’s not always a good idea in cold weather.

· A trip to the gym will undo damage caused by a night on the tiles- Exercise can make you feel a bit better after drinking, but it’s not possible to sweat out the alcohol. Only time will get the booze out of your bloodstream. Plus your risk of pulling a muscle when you’re working out is greater if you’ve been drinking (even the night before) or if you’re hungover.

· There is nothing anyone can do to help a problem drinker- Many people are reluctant to admit they have a problem with alcohol. But every year hundreds of people turn their lives around and take control of their drinking. Look up your local service here.

 

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Frankie Wythe

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