- Drink Free Days is a campaign that aims to reduce weekly alcohol consumption.
- Frequent and high levels of alcohol consumption are linked to many health problems.
- Drinking more alcohol than the recommended levels can shorten lifespan.
Drink Free Days is a new joint campaign that was introduced by the officials of Public Health England (PHE) and the Drinkaware Trust. It aims to help people reduce their regular amount of alcohol consumption.
This campaign also advises middle-aged drinkers to have more alcohol-free days in a week. This is to cut back on health risks related to drinking alcohol.
The chief executive of PHE, Duncan Selbie, said: “Many of us enjoy a drink– but whether it’s a few in the pub after work a couple of times a week, some beers on the sofa watching the football or regular wine with our dinner – it’s all too easy to let our drinking creep up on us.”
He mentioned the importance of people monitoring how much alcohol they consumed. An app to keep count of days where people have drunk alcohol and even compare this number to the rest of the population will be included in the Drink Free Days Campaign.
Chief executive of The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Shirley Cramer said: “The new campaign is a welcome and easily understandable way of starting to take control of alcohol intake. Setting a target of a certain number of drink-free days is a simple and achievable way of cutting down and improving health and wellbeing.”
Serious health conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems, and even cancer have been linked to high alcohol consumption. More alcohol also means more calories consumed. This can lead to increased weight gain and problems like obesity.
The chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, advised that both men and women should limit their alcohol consumption to not more than 14 units of alcohol per week. That translates to about six 175 ml glasses of wine.
Despite this advice, a poll by YouGov this year showed that one in five adults in the UK drinks above the low-risk guidelines. Around two-thirds of the participants of the poll said that reducing or limiting their alcohol was even harder than working out or improving their eating habits.
According to a recent study, forty-year-old drinkers can shorten their lifespan by an average of about 1.6 years for men and 1.3 years for women if they exceeded the guidelines. This is compared to people who have kept to the recommended limit.
Source: The Guardian