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Cut back on alcohol in 2012

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that will make the biggest impact on your health and well-being – try cutting back on alcohol.

A Drinkaware survey has found that 6.7 million people will set a pledge to drink less in the New Year, with over four million adults intending to give up completely during January. So you certainly won’t be alone if you make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink in 2012.

The effects of excessive drinking on the body can be significant:

Short term effects

  • Sexual difficulties like impotence (male)
  • Slowed breathing and heartbeat
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Impaired judgment leading to accidents
  • Poisoning which could be fatal
  • Hangover leading to anxiety

Long term effects

  • Certain types of cancer
  • Liver and heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Weight gain
  • Skin problems
  • Damage to unborn child (female)
  • Reduced fertility

Where to start

The government’s daily unit guidelines are a good place to begin if you’re looking for a way to measure how much you drink. The guidelines advise that women should not regularly exceed 2-3 units daily (equivalent to a 175ml glass of 13% wine) and that men should not regularly exceed 3-4 units daily (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer).

Give you’re liver a break by also having at least 2 alcohol free days per week.

Visit for some useful tools to help you keep track of your drinking.

Concerned about your own or someone else’s alcohol use, visit for information about local services.

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