Reducing your drinking

If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, you could be putting your health at risk. Cutting back on alcohol can have several positive effects on the way you look and feel – often within just a few days.

You might notice that your skin begins to look brighter, you have better quality sleep and you have more time and energy

And while you enjoy these changes, you’ll also be reducing your longer term risk of some serious illnesses such as cancer and liver and heart disease.

Tips to cut down gradually

  • Set a limit. Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you will drink through the night and stick to it.
  • Set a budget. Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
  • Let them know. If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
  • Take it a day at a time. Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
  • Make it a smaller one. You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
  • Have a lower-strength drink. Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %).
  • Stay hydrated. Have a glass of water before you have alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
  •  Take a break. Have several drink-free days each week.