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There's absolutely no reason why you can't have an occasional drink while following a healthy diet. Just remember that alcoholic drinks are low on nourishment and high in calories. And because alcohol is an appetite stimulant, it can lead to overindulging in the wrong sorts of foods (e.g. crisps, nut, cheese nibbles ot even kebab and chips)!

Alcohol and your health

If you choose to drink alcohol, try and keep within the recommended limits - the daily maximum is three units for women and four units for men. These guidelines apply whether you drink every day or just occasionally. Drinking more than the sensible limits can be harmful to your heart and can increase the risks of other diseases.

The following amounts count as 1 unit (or portion) of alcohol:


Assuming 5% alcohol by volume. Strong ale and premium lager are half as strong again)



Fortified wine

Tips for cutting down

If you want to try to cut down on the amount of alcohol you are drinking, here are some tips:

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