Dry January, what about February?

Drinking alcohol has become the norm for many of us despite us knowing that it comes with health risks so, what is it that makes us indulge in a behaviour that can be so risky to our health?

It can help us to relax after a tough day at work or it can help us to deal with social situations by giving us a sense of confidence – Dutch courage anyone? Along with the many New Year’s Resolutions, 4 million of us attempted ‘Dry January’ last year and it’s expected that even more of us are committed to it this year.

If you’re still going strong with Dry January then well done, keep going, you’ve got this. If you haven’t stuck to dry January ask yourself – Did you drink less this month? Chances are you did, so well done to you also. Once Dry January is over it’s important to reflect on how we feel after a month on not drinking (or drinking less). Are you sleeping better? Do you feel better? Are you waking up earlier and getting more done at the weekend? Have you saved money? Have you found new ways to socialise?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions ask yourself – What am I going to do about it? Take this opportunity to make some small changes going forward.

To start with, make yourself familiar with the UK Chief Medical Officers guidelines (not targets) for BOTH men and women – Which is consuming no more than 14 units a week. This is equivalent to: 6 pints of 4% beer OR 6 x 175ml glasses of 13% wine OR 14 x 25ml glasses of 40% whisky. I’d like to emphasise the ‘OR’. Heading into February what else can you do to moderate your drinking? How about spreading your units evenly throughout the week? Drinking slower? Alternating with soft drinks? Or have a number of alcohol-free days?

For more ideas you can check out this website: https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january Smart alcohol strategies

1. 0% alcohol options – Same great taste, less harmful

2. Alcohol free days – Set a small limit, space out the days and let your organs detoxify

3. Spread your units – Don’t ‘save up’ your units throughout the week, rather spread them out evenly.

For more information on all aspects of health, contact us at wellbeing@peopleplus.co.uk



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