To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, the UK Chief Medical Officers’ advise it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it’s best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days. If you want to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.
What does 14 units a week look like?
- 6 pints of 4% beer
- 6 (175ml) glasses of 13% wine
- 14 (25ml) glasses of 40% spirits
Dry January 2017 – What could you save?
It is estimated that in the UK (in 2014), the average weekly spend for alcohol consumed in the house was £7.90, whilst £7.20 was spent on alcohol consumed outside the house, at restaurants, pubs and bars (www.drinkaware.co.uk)
So if you gave up alcohol for a week, you could save yourself, on average, £7.55. This could buy you a trip to the cinema or a visit to a local attraction, such a museum or gallery.
Giving up alcohol for a whole month (Dry January) could save you, on average, £33.40. By saving this money, you could have a fun day out with the family at a local Hampshire attraction.
On average, it is estimated you could save nearly £400 if you can give up alcohol for a year. That’s the price of a weekend away!
Why not see how long you can give up for? Find an empty jar and put the average weekly spend in it. It won’t be long before the jar starts to fill up, a brilliant incentive to keep on going! And don’t forget to start planning on what you’ll be spending that saved money on.
If you don’t think you could give up for that long but would still like to cut down, drinkaware.co.uk has some brilliant tips for drinking less at home and when you’re out and about
When drinking spirits at home, measure them properly instead or free pouring.
If you’re at a party, try and pour your own drinks. If a host is topping up your half filled glass, it can be difficult to keep track of how much alcohol you’re drinking.
Drink spritzers if you like wine, or try a shandy if you like lager. You’ll still be getting a large drink but with less alcohol.
Whether at home or out and about, alternate your alcoholic drink with a soft one and stay properly hydrated.
Out and about? Many pubs and bars are now offering a designated driver program, where you may be entitled to a free soft drink. Why not check with your local pub or bar.
For more information and advice on making better choices about alcohol, visit http://www.drinkaware.co.uk.