Steps to cut back on the alcohol
Scottish women are being encouraged to think about how much alcohol they’re drinking and take simple steps to cut back.
The Scottish Government has launched its Drink Smarter campaign after figures revealed that around 38 per cent of women regularly exceed sensible drinking guidelines by drinking two to three units a day or 14 units a week.
As well as headaches and restless nights, over time, the invisible effects of alcohol can catch up with us, often accelerating the ageing process and even increasing the risk of high blood pressure, liver disease and breast cancer.
You can witness the effects of regularly drinking too much by downloading the Drinking Mirror smartphone app. The app, available exclusively from the Scottish Government, is free until the end of March. It shows users that cutting down a glass size can have a significant effect on the ageing process.
So far the app has been downloaded by 364,275 people worldwide.
The good news is that by making some simple adjustments to our drinking habits - such as dropping a glass size - it’s easy to make a noticeable difference.
Taking simple steps such as pouring a small glass of wine, as opposed to a standard measure, and alternating alcohol with soft drinks and have at least two alcohol-free days a week, can have a positive impact on your health and well-being.
To make a postive change to your health and bank balance, head to www.drinksmarter.org There you can download the Drinking Mirror app and take the Wine Glass Challenge to work out exactly how much you are drinking and find out how to stick within sensible drinking guidelines.
There are interactive tools and other resources to keep you on track.
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