One in five women and one in three men in England are drinking too much during the week and putting their health at risk.
The odd drink after work, a few beers on the sofa and the half a bottle of wine with dinner during the week, in addition to social drinking on weekends has seen many topple over the recommended weekly alcohol units.
‘Drink Free Days’ is a new campaign launched by Public Health England and Drinkaware, to inspire people to reach for alcohol free alternatives for a few days during the week.
A few benefits of having alcohol free days include having a better night sleep and can help with maintaining a healthy weight (two large glasses of wine is 20% of the recommended daily calorie intake- the equivalent of eating two bars of milk chocolate!)
Drinking more than the recommended units of alcohol a week can lead to serious health issues, as alcohol has been linked to over 200 health problems, including liver disease, a range of cancers, heart disease and high blood pressures.
Instead of reaching for a bottle or uncorking the wine, go online and see how youre drinking habits compare to the nation https://www.drinkfreedays.co.uk
To refresh on alcohol units and guidelines for safe drinking visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/calculating-alcohol-units/
For more information on how to download the ‘Drink Free Days’ app for free, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps/#days-off
If you need more support then call Drinkline free on 0300 123 1110, or find your local support service by clicking on this link https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/