Having a beer or a wine after a long day at work is relatively normal, right? And many of us find that alcohol is a great way to bond with our colleagues or take the edge of an anxiety ridden family event. However, new research by the Lancet Medical Journal suggests that drinking any amount of alcohol can actually be dangerous for our health.
For years we’ve heard that a glass of red is good for us, however this US study, which surveyed 600 people, found that one glass of alcohol per day increases your chance of developing any of 23 alcohol related illnesses by .5%. These illnesses include cancer, tuberculosis and liver disease.
While opinions differ on how much alcohol (if any) someone should drink, one fact remains clear: starting small can lead to bigger, unmonitored consumption. Which is why individuals need to assess their self-control levels and dependency on alcohol. If one glass leads you to a binge, then staying sober is optimal for your health. But if you are able drink less in a controlled environment and still feel great, then this study gives pause to consider how often you do this.
In this infographic by AXA Healthcare, we are given 10 reasons to drink less alcohol. One reason exists for each different part of your body: your head, face, breasts, liver, gut, genitals, arms, stomach, heart and mouth. While it states the UK standard for alcohol, these side effects are still relevant in Australia where men and women should drink no more than two standard drinks per day.
If you want to cut back on alcohol then this infographic also gives some valuable suggestions on how to modify your intake when you’re out. And if you want to give sobriety a go—congratulations! We’d love to support you by sending an encouraging and motivational tip to your inbox everyday! Just sign up for our free 30 Days program here by signing up in the sidebar and look for the ‘Be Daring. Be Original. Be You!’ Logo! And if you’d like the guide and workbook, you can purchase them at our webstore.
So what’s the next step for you and your alcohol consumption? Read this infographic and make an educated decision for yourself.
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