Cutting back on the booze can be a really effective way to improve your health, boost your energy, lose weight and save money.
Any reduction in the amount you drink every week will be beneficial – and with the right support, it’s easier than you think.
We have some simple tips and tools to help you start cutting down today.
Let’s do this!
Download the Drink Free Days app
Feel healthier, lose weight and save money by picking your days to go drink-free.
One simple way to cut down is to have at least a few drink-free days every week, so choose yours and get practical support to stick with it.
With the app you can:
- update and track your drink-free days
- get simple and practical tips to help you control your drinking
- receive reminders when you need it most
- celebrate milestones when you reach your targets
Tips to help you cut down on alcohol
You do not necessarily need to go teetotal to feel the benefits of drinking less.
Even just setting and sticking to a few drink-free days a week, or swapping to lower-strength drinks, are great steps in the right direction.
Here are some practical things you can try to help you cut back.
Non-urgent advice: Alcohol Guidelines
It’s recommended to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread across 3 days or more. That’s around 6 medium (175ml) glasses of wine, or 6 pints of 4% beer.
There’s no completely safe level of drinking, but sticking within these guidelines lowers your risk of harming your health. Try using Alcohol Change UK’s unit calculator to work out how many units you drink.
The benefits of drinking less
You too could feel the difference!
Many people who reduce their alcohol intake notice benefits, which can include those below.
- feeling better in the mornings
- being less tired and more energetic
- better-looking skin
- saving some money
- lower blood pressure
- lower risk of stroke, hypertension, cancer and liver disease
- lower cholesterol levels
- better mood, memory and quality of sleep
- help with weight management
Non-urgent advice: Did you know?
Alcoholic drinks are high in calories, so cutting back on the amount you drink can really help to reduce your calorie intake.
Cutting back on the booze should improve how you feel and give you more energy – and regular physical activity can help you feel even better.
Check out our tools and tips on weaving exercise into your daily routine. Every minute of exercise counts!
Risks of drinking too much
The more you drink, the higher your risk of serious health problems, including hypertension, stroke and cancers, including breast cancer.Read More
Get medical advice before you stop drinking if you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have your first drink of the day). It can be dangerous to stop drinking too quickly without proper help.
There’s lots of support out there; find your local alcohol support service now, or you can call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 for free, confidential help for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking.
Take care of your mind too
Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.
Answer 5 quick questions to get your free mind plan from Every Mind Matters – including tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.