Benefits of cutting down on alcohol

Having a drink with your friends can be a great way to relax after a long day. However, drinking too much can negatively impact both your physical and mental health. Cutting down on alcohol can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing including;

Increased energy levels: Drinking before bed means that your liver needs to work through the night. This means that your body isn't able to go into a restful sleep.

Improved mood: While alcohol may make you feel good initially, it is a depressant and may lower your mood.

Improved relationships: When you drink alcohol your judgement is impaired and you may say things to friends or loved ones that you regret later.

Tips to cut down on Alcohol consumption:

Only take a certain amount of money on a night out

Schedule at least two alcohol-free days each week.

Make every second drink a non-alcoholic beverage.

Do activities that don't involve alcohol such as hiking or swimming

Drinking Guidelines:

It is recommended that having no more than two standard drinks per day reduces your risk of alcohol related harm.

If you are going out a plan to drink, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion is recommended.

Getting Help:

If you find that despite your best efforts you are unable to stop or minimise drinking, it might be a good idea to seek professional help.

If you'd like to talk about the different options don't hesitate to contact LETSS on 1800 013 755.

Another good resource is, this website can help you navigate to the most appropriate service.

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