There are small actions you can take to stay within recommended guidelines when you drink alcohol.
Why it matters
Alcohol can weaken your physical and mental health.
- Alcohol reduces the normal function of almost all of your body’s cells and systems.
- The physical changes that occur when your body is processing alcohol reduce energy and increase feelings of flatness and sadness.
- Alcohol reduces your body’s water reserves.
- Most of the alcohol you drink gets converted to fat.
- Drinking alcohol can decrease sex drive and performance.
- Alcohol increases your risk of some cancers.
What should I do?
- No more than 10 standard drinks a week, less if you have a health problem.
- No alcohol close to sleep.
How should I do it?
- Eat before and during drinking sessions.
- Drink plenty of pure water (not sugary or energy drinks).
- Set yourself a drinks limit before you start drinking.
- Count your drinks.
No alcohol close to sleep. When you first drink alcohol it makes you feel sleepy. But once you are asleep, alcohol in your body stops you getting deep sleep and stops your body healing itself.
- You might not remember them, but when alcohol is in your body your sleep is littered with small awakenings all through the time you are trying to sleep. Over time, you get more and more tired.