If you are having a drink regularly and your weekly consumption exceeds 14 units you should be considering some of the following steps, which will help you to reduce your consumption.
It is the same as consuming ten small-sized glasses of wine with low alcoholic content or 6 pints of beer with regular alcoholic content when you consume 14 units.
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When you cut back, you will:
The long-term benefits of cutting down on alcohol will include:
Mood - You may feel more anxious or depressed when hangover and there has been a noted connection between depression and heavy drinking. If you already suffer from anxiety or are feeling sad you can rest assured that alcohol can worsen the situation and therefore, the reduction in alcohol may generally put you in a better mood.
Sleep - you may suffer from insomnia due to alcohol consumption. It disturbs good sleeping habit, even though some people do feel drowsy and fall asleep after drinking. Therefore, cutting down on alcohol should give you the feeling of having rested adequately when you wake up.
Behaviour - Your judgement maybe impaired as a result of drinking, leading to strange behaviours. While drunk you may become irrational or aggressive. For frequent high-risk alcohol consumers, amnesia can become an issue in the long run.
Heart - Your heart may enlarge due to chronic excessive consumption of alcohol. Cutting back can keep this problem from becoming worse although it can't be reversed completely.
White Blood Cells - one of the effects of addictions is destruction of white blood cells. Addicts are vulnerable to diseases.