Enjoy sensible drinking all year

Sensible drinking is easier and more enjoyable than you might think

Now that dry January is over many of you will be heading out for a drink on Friday night. But please don’t un-do all that great work. To help you here are my top 5 tips to help you enjoy sensible drinking all year.

Make sure you are well informed about how much you are drinking.

Most of us underestimate enormously! Remember that for healthy men and women 14 units of alcohol each week with 2 or 3 alcohol free days is considered low risk drinking. Check out your totals using this handy calculator tool from the Drink Aware campaign.    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/unit-calculator

Don’t be tempted to start drinking early.

Sharing a drink with fellow mums following the afternoon school run and rushing out to a bar or pub straight after work are not going to help you keep your intake down. So try to encourage everyone to develop healthier habits. You could suggest doing something active together first like going to a bar where you can play table tennis or do a bit of bowling.

Don’t celebrate the end of dry January by going straight back to old habits.

You will soon build up your tolerance again and start drinking more and more. So make a deliberate effort to drink less than you used to. Not drinking at all is the best option because this carries the lowest risk to health but drinking as little as possible, staying below 14 units/week is the next best and remember it’s a limit not a target.

If you drink at home buy smaller glasses.

A standard glass these days is designed to give you about 150ml but I found some glasses in a charity shop that contain 125 ml when filled right to the brim. When I use them I am probably having less than 100ml/glass which is a great way to cut down. 

Test out some of the great alcohol free or virtually alcohol free drinks

These are becoming much more widely available in supermarkets as well as online. Here are some ideas to get you started but there are lots of options so there’s no need to sip sparkling water all night. I have included some that are also low in sugar or sugar free and if you need more information about sugar see my article here

DrinkAlcohol by Volume (ABV %)Sugar contentCalories
Bavaria Premium Malt 0.0%0.010g/330 ml bottle83/330 ml bottle
Carlsberg 0.0% ABV lager0.07g/275 ml61/275 ml
Win 12 – Tempranillo grape red wine alternative0.20g45/125 ml glass
Carl Jung Premium Merlot0.20g25/125 ml glass
Romance en Blanc organic white wine alternative0.1-0.2 4g/125 ml glass17/125 ml glass
Seedlip (alternative to gin)0.00g0
Teetotal G ‘n’ T0.012/200ml50/200 ml

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