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Your Top-Up Of Alcohol Awareness


April welcomes Alcohol Awareness Month, so what better time than now to run through a number of facts and figures related to alcohol. Well aware that this is not a topic of popularity, it makes it all the more important due to the enormity of alcohol-related illnesses and health complications.





Alcohol related facts and statistics:

  • Alcohol is the causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions. These include throat, mouth, neck, stomach, liver and breast cancer, high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, reduced fertility and depression.
  • Most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t alcoholics. They’re simply people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for a number of years.
  • More than 9,000,000 people in England drink more than the recommended daily limit (21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women.  1 unit = 1 small glass of wine).
  • In the UK throughout 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption.
  • Throughout the UK during 2012, there was 8367 alcohol-related deaths.
  • 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.
  • Approximately 7.5 million people are unaware of the effects their drinking has on their body.
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year - equal to £120 for every tax payer.
  • The NHS estimates 9% of men and 4% of women in the UK show signs of alcohol dependence.
  • In the UK, deaths from liver disease have risen 20% in the last decade.


Do alcohol calories count more than ordinary ones?

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 does alcohol make your body hold onto fat?

Alcohol is mostly sugar and laden with empty calories – these are calories with no nutritional value. These empty calories inhibit the burning of ordinary calories and body fat.


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

You will need to take your genetic risk for heart disease versus cancer into consideration. This is because 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?

The simplest and quickest way to lose weight is to cut alcohol from your lifestyle altogether. Eat a diet of real food and ditch the alcohol until you have reached your goal weight – the increased speed of your weight loss process will make it more likely you will succeed. You may find that you are happy to go without alcohol once you have achieved your desired weight, but you may want to reintroduce it in moderation. To do this you will need to weigh up the health risk factors, drink moderately at the very most and choose alcoholic drinks that contain smaller quantities of sugar. If you can’t be swayed from your alcoholic spirits, then try adding them to a glass of soda water with a squeeze of lemon and lime and a sprig of fresh herb such as basil or mint. This will not only curb your sugar intake, but it will also mean you can add a large quantity of soda water to your beverage – making it less likely that you will need a second! 


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