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Here’s to your good health

The bad news

Just why is alcohol bad for you? ‘Everything in moderation’ is an old saying, but even drinking small amounts daily can be bad for us. If the fact that a glass of wine contains an equivalent of up to two spoons of sugar isn’t going to put you off, here are some other details to think on….

 

Drinking can regularly  lead to cancers, particularly cancers of the mouth and throat, and other diseases such as those found in the liver and pancreas, as well as potentially leading to Type 2 diabetes. Your body can’t store alcohol so when digesting food, alcohol takes priority and the body won’t digest nutrients as well as it should.

 

The good news

There are ways to make it easier, so give it a go. If you’re at a celebration or you’d like to relax and enjoy a drink in a group, make it work for you. Why not drink a soft drink between glasses of wine or beer. It means you’re hydrated – which is always good for us – but it also means you have the comfort of a glass in your hand and it can make it less noticeable so you can pass off the event or gathering without comment.

 

Buying a round now the pubs have reopened? Miss yourself out, make your drink last to the next round. It’s surprisingly easy to halve your alcohol intake in one evening and still have a great time.

 

Break the habit

Tiring day? Evenings often bring on the desire for a relaxing drink. It’s time for an alcohol free day so make it work for you. At home, boredom or habit can mean it’s easy to crack open a beer to enjoy with something on TV. Break that habit by enjoying your favourite programme in its entirety without a drink. . One programme without a drink, makes the second one easier. The evening will pass and you can be proud of yourself. 

 

Reward yourself

Many of us have experienced a tough time in lockdown.. Change can affect us all and if that has meant we are consuming more alcohol, then this is the time to look at our intake and take steps to getting on track with a healthier lifestyle. Small steps can make all the difference and your pocket will notice the difference too.

 

It is very important to understand your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our simple online health check takes just a few minutes. The Healthier You programme is free to join and you can sign up without visiting your GP.

 

The sessions are now available with a British Sign Language Interpreter if BSL is your first or preferred language.

 

Use our online checker to find out if you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes: https://www.stopdiabetes.co.uk/know-your-risk

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