Drop a glass size and stay healthier

Generict photo of a half drunk pint. See PA Feature HEALTH Hangover. PA Photo/ Generic
Generict photo of a half drunk pint. See PA Feature HEALTH Hangover. PA Photo/ Generic

A DRINK in the evening is a treat many of us enjoy, but it’s easy to lose track of just how much we are consuming on a regular basis.

Many of us would say that alcohol can help us wind down, but one large glass of wine is equivalent to a third of a bottle which is more than many of us think.

It is easy – especially when drinking at home – for ‘just one glass to relax’ to turn into more than that, a top up or two can leave you with not that much left in the bottle.

That means while you think you are drinking a small glass of wine you may be consuming much more than that.

Drinking regularly like this over time can be damaging to our health in both the short and the longer term.

The good news is that by making some simple adjustments to your drinking habits – such as dropping a glass size – you could not only make you look and feel better, it could also help you improve your long term health so you’re happier and healthier for longer.

By simply selecting a smaller glass you will pour yourself a smaller drink – it’s the same principle as eating from a smaller plate when you’re on a diet.

When it comes to losing weight alcohol is the one of the first things that you should consider reducing.

To help you see the effects that alcohol can have on your appearance, a new ‘drinking time machine’ smartphone app has been developed.

Using computer generated imagery it shows users how alcohol can speed up the ageing process.

The app can be downloaded from www.drinksmarter.org where a range of different information is available.