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Are you feeling a little stuffed after all the Christmas turkey, mince pies and booze? Many of us over-indulge over the festive season so you aren’t alone.

Are you feeling a little stuffed after all the Christmas turkey, mince pies and booze? Many of us over-indulge over the festive season so you aren’t alone. But with the New Year upon us, now is the perfect time to make a positive change to your lifestyle.

Southampton Healthy Living are here to help you make that change. If you want to lose weight, be more active, quit smoking or drink less they can support you to make it happen.

One change that can bring benefits to your health across the board is to cut down how much alcohol you drink.

To keep health risks to a minimum, it is recommended not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week – that’s around six pints of 4% lager or six 175ml glasses of 13% wine spread across a week.

This will reduce your risk of over 60 health conditions which are related to drinking alcohol.

The benefits of drinking less go far beyond this. The average pint of beer or glass of wine contains around 200 calories, so you can see how drinking less can quickly result in a shrinking waist line.

Alcohol also interferes with normal sleep patterns, meaning that you may be regularly waking up feeling exhausted if you drink too much. Cut down to sleep better and feel more rested every day.

Drinking less is not only great for your health, it's also great for your wallet, too. The cost of drinking alcohol can quickly add up. Think how much you could save by making some small changes and cutting down.

Millions of people will be giving up alcohol across the UK for the month of January to gain all of the benefits mentioned above. You can join the Dry January movement by challenging yourself to give booze the boot for 31 days this new year.

For help and support to make a healthy change to your life and to access to special offers get in touch with the Southampton Healthy Living team at their website.

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