Benefits of cutting down
The UK Department of Health lists a range of benefits of cutting down on alcohol.
The immediate effects of cutting down include:
- Feeling better in the mornings
- Being less tired during the day
- Your skin may start to look better
- You’ll start to feel fitter
- You may lose weight
- You can save money
Long-term benefits include:
- Mood: alcohol is a depressant so cutting can put you in a better mood and reduce anxiety. There is a strong link between heavy drinking and depression.
- Sleep: drinking can affect your sleep so cutting down means better sleep patterns and you will less tired.
- Behaviour: drinking can affect your judgment and behaviour. You may behave irrationally or aggressively when you’re drunk. Memory loss can be a problem during drinking and in the long-term for regular heavy drinkers.
- Heart: long-term heavy drinking can lead to your heart becoming enlarged. This is a serious condition that can’t be completely reversed, but stopping drinking can stop it getting worse.
- Immune system: regular drinking can affect your immune system. Heavy drinkers tend to catch more infectious diseases.
(information taken from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Tipsoncuttingdown.aspx)
Read more on the Change4Life alcohol page: http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/cutting-down-alcohol.aspx and Drinkaware website: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-and-you and the NHS alcohol page: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/alcohol/P