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Top tips to sensible drinking

It's amazing how easy it can be to make such a positive difference to your life.
There are so many small changes you can make that can make a big change.

These top tips could help you to enjoy Fewer Units and More Happy Hours.

  • Try to have two alcohol-free days per week.
  • If you are out drinking don’t buy ‘rounds’ – drink at your own pace.
  • Choose a drink that is lower in strength (ABV) than you normally drink.
  • Avoid “topping-up” your glass so you know how much you're drinking.
  • Try to drink a soft drink or water in between each alcoholic drink.

If you regularly drink more units of alcohol than the Department of Health (DH) recommends, you’ll probably find that cutting down will be good for your health. The most immediate effects that you are likely to feel are;

  • Feeling better in the mornings
  • Being less tired during the day
  • Your skin may start to look better
  • You’ll start to feel in better shape
  • You may stop gaining weight

Making changes to your drinking behaviour doesn’t necessarily mean giving up alcohol completely. However these small changes can help have a positive impact on your health, your life and the people around you.

Making changes can be hard work and it’s often even harder to do by yourself; sometimes you need support and advice. To help get the support you need you can contact your GP or local alcohol support services who’ll be happy to help you. It could also be helpful to talk about your situation with your partner or a friend. View the Support section of this site for more information and contact details, if you would like some helpful advice.