Alcohol Awareness Week 13th – 19th November 2017
The aim of Alcohol Awareness week is to get you thinking about your alcohol intake.
Calories from alcohol are ‘empty calories’, as they have no nutritional value.
Understanding units of alcohol
Over the years, the alcohol content of most drinks has increased so a drink may contain more units of alcohol than you think.
Here’s a guide to the alcohol units of some common drinks
UK guidelines recommend that men and women drink no more than 14 units a week. It is important to spread your alcohol intake evenly across the week and ensure you plan a couple of alcohol-free days. Drinking more than this is considered “at risk” or “heavy” drinking.
- Alcohol is rich in calories, 7 calories per gram
- Alcohol increases your appetite which makes it hard if you are trying to lose weight
- A healthy liver takes about an hour to process one unit of alcohol
- Alcohol interferes with REM & deep sleep phases of your sleep cycle
- Excess alcohol can cause liver disease and increases the risk of breast, colon and other cancers.
Tips for cutting your alcohol intake
- Mind your measure – swap 250ml glasses for 125ml or make a wine spritzer
- Try low alcohol drinks – due to increasing demand there are more low alcohol drinks available including ‘light ‘wines and alcohol free or non-alcohol lager. They tend to have fewer calories too.
- Avoid topping up your glass as you won’t be able to keep a check on how much you are drinking
- Track your drink – drinkaware.co.uk has tools available to monitor your alcohol intake
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks
1 large glass white wine 250ml to 1 small glass white wine (125ml) – save 82kcals
1 pint lager to ½ pint lager – save 93kcals
1 pint cider to ½ pint cider – save 103kcals
Double vodka & coke to single measure vodka (25ml) & diet coke – save 118kcals