Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it is often the hardest one.
There are lots of reasons why drinking less alcohol is good for you, but here are 5.
Guidelines recommend that you should not regularly exceed 14 units. But how much is in a glass or wine, spirits and pint of beer?
Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week risks damaging your health. There is now a better understanding of the link between drinking and some illnesses, including a range of cancers.
Drinking a bit too much can sneak up on you. Download a free drinks tracker app - makes it easy to keep an eye on the booze and take control with daily tips and feedback.
Binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk. Binge drinking increases the risk of accidents, alcohol poisoning and heart disease.
If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine.
Most people would baulk at consuming a full glass of single cream, but wouldn’t think twice about the calorie content of a couple of pints. But the calorie content is similar and, over time, excess alcohol intake can easily contribute to gaining weight.
Every year, alcohol causes around 12,800 cases of cancer in the UK (around 4% of all cancer cases). Alcohol increases the risk of seven types of cancer, including cancers of the mouth, upper throat, voice box, food pipe, breast, liver and bowel.