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Alcohol Awareness Month - Getting Clued Up


April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and with that in mind, we thought this was a great time to share with you a range of facts and figures that highlight the enormity of alcohol-related illnesses and health  complications. However, we also recognise that alcohol is a large part of some people's social life - we explain how to make this lifestyle choice as healthy as possible. 



Here are a few hard hitting facts from Alcohol Concern that may make you think twice when it comes to picking up the bottle:

  • More than 9,000,000 people in England drink more than the recommended daily limit (14 units per week for both men and women.  1 unit = 1 small glass of wine)
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, this comes after smoking and obesity
  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption
  • In the UK in 2012, there were 8,367 alcohol-related deaths
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
  • In the last decade, deaths from liver disease have risen 20%


The above facts are quite startling and some even surprising - so with that in mind..


Do alcohol calories count more than ordinary ones?

Simply consuming a double vodka reduces fat burning by a third for up to 48 hours - to lose weight you need to stop drinking or cut right back!


Why drinking alcohol is a sure way to hold onto fat:

Alcohol is mostly sugar – you could say that when you drink a glass of wine, you are drinking a glass of sugar. However, alcohol is also laden with empty calories – these are calories with no nutritional value. These empty calories inhibit the burning of ordinary calories and body fat.


What do you do if you want your glass of wine and a slim middle?

You will need to consider your genetic risk for heart disease versus cancer as even moderate drinking has been shown to increase the risk of cancer. Once you have this information, you will need to decide whether you’re willing to make the necessary calorie cuts in your diet to make room for the alcohol calories.


What is the quickest way to lose weight?

If you want to lose weight then the simplest option is to cut out alcohol altogether, simply eat a balanced diet of real foods and ditch the drink until you reach your goal weight.  This will make your weight loss a far speedier process and will therefore make you more likely to succeed.

You may find that you can do without the alcohol once you have achieved the weight you want to be, but you may also wish to reintroduce alcohol into your lifestyle. Simply weigh up your health risk factors, drink moderately at most and choose alcoholic drinks with less sugar, such as champagne – tough life! If you can’t be swayed form your alcoholic spirits, then try adding them to a glass of soda water and a squeeze of any citrus fruit, and perhaps even add a fresh sprig of mint or basil – this will help curb your sugar intake and also make for quite a sizeable drink, leaving you less likely to reach for a second one!


Check out part 2 of our 9 Obvious Health & Wellbeing Facts That Are Seldom Known - click here.

If you missed part 1, click here

To kerb your alcohol intake, why not experiment with some of our homemade fruit water recipes? So refreshing and hydrating. Click here to check out the full range!

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