Put the focus on eating healthily and drinking less

One important way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is not to regularly drink to excess. Here are four other easy wins, to get you looking and feeling great.

  1. Waist not, want not: Exercise helps with your health and physical health, it gets those feel-good hormones pumping around your body, keeps you trim and can help you maintain bone density. Alcohol can affect your exercise regime and cause ‘drunk-depression’. Instead of having a drink to calm your post-work stress, exercise can be a great alternative.
  2. Regular bites: Many weight-conscious men and women who like a drink are fasting so that they can drink the calories rather than eat them. This is commonly known as being a drunkorexic. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is not good for your health. It's important to eat three low-fat, healthy meals a day rather than starving yourself and drinking to excess every evening. So put the focus on eating healthily and drinking less.
  3. Take a break: Try not to drink alcohol every night to give your liver a chance to recuperate. It did not evolve to fight a constant barrage of booze. Take regular breaks from alcohol and allow it some respite to help decrease your risk of developing alcohol-related liver problems and stay in tip-top condition.
  4. Deep breaths: Sometimes people can turn to alcohol to try and deal with stress, but it can make it worse. Alcohol is a depressant which means that it slows down the brain and the central nervous system's processes. Try other stress busting techniques: a meditation or yoga class, deep breathing, regular walks round the block or spending time with friends and family.

You can use our Unit and Calorie Calculator or MyDrinkaware tool to help you stick to the alcohol unit guidelines (of no more than 14 units a week for both men and women).