Keeping within the limits
So what are the sensible drinking guidelines? Men shouldn't regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day, and women 2-3 units a day. We should all have at least 2 alcohol-free days a week.
10 great reasons to drink responsibly
Your skin will love you
Alcohol dehydrates you leaving your skin dull and tired. Ask a supermodel. Many go on record in magazines saying they stay away from alcohol before big photoshoots.
2. You’ll have more energy
Normally you have 6-7 cycles of REM (deep) sleep. When you’ve been drinking, you’ll only typically have 1-2 meaning you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve never been to sleep!
Your clothes will fit better
The number of calories in alcohol is second only to fat! And they’re totally ‘empty’ calories, giving you no nutritional value whatsoever.
You’ll reduce your risk of breast cancer
A woman’s risk of breast cancer increases from drinking as little as 1-2 units a day. Every unit drunk has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer by 7-11%. (1)
You’ll feel more relaxed
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You’ll have a positive impact on your children
Having a responsible attitude to alcohol will set a good example to your children.
You’ll improve your concentration
Alcohol dehydrates you. Being dehydrated makes you feel tired, irritable and less able to concentrate.
Your liver will love you
The human liver is amazing as it can repair itself. To a point. Give it a chance – try to take at least two alcohol-free days a week to give your body a break.
You’ll have healthier hair
Too much alcohol can deplete iron levels in the body, which could lead to hair loss.
Your relationships will improve
Alcohol reduces our ability to think straight. You’re less likely to misinterpret someone’s behaviour or social cues if you haven’t been drinking.