Each year, Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern run Alcohol Awareness Week with a different theme. This year, the theme is change, and this applies to all aspects of our life related and unrelated to drinking.

Change is three things:

  1. Necessary
  2. Inescapable
  3. Possible

Opposed to saying that change starts next week or month or even year, why not start now? The sooner you start, the sooner you start reaping the rewards, and the sooner the process becomes a lot easier.

Alcohol can cause a lot of damage in ways that you may not even know. Sure, we all love a tipple every now and again (I know I do!), but there’s always a threshold for when things get a little too much. Too much alcohol and we can say things we don’t mean, do things we didn’t want to do, and essentially, create a lot of regrets.

Not only this, but excessive alcohol can wreak havoc on our health. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram in itself, but we also know how hungry it can make us. We can easily rack up close to 1000 calories from drink alone, not to mention the post-night binge off cheesy chips or a heavily-loaded pizza.

As with anything, alcohol can actually be quite good for you in moderation. I’m sure we all know the tales of how a glass of red wine and then can help your cardiovascular system. However, moderation is the keyword. If you’re having two or three drinks every day, then it’s helpful to take a step back and ask yourself why you feel the need to.

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