Do YOU need to go on a DRIET? People who consume more than a large glass of wine a day would find their mood, skin and nails improve with a ‘drinking diet’
NHS guidelines state women should drink now more than 2/3 units a day – one glass of wine – and men should drink no more than 3/4 – 1.5 pints
People who regularly drink more than this should aim to cut down
Recording drinks in a diary can help people go on a ‘drinking diet’ or ‘driet’
Infographic shows how alcohol causes issues from depression to dry skin
Source: Daily Mail
By Madlen Davies
2 December 2015
Are you tired, stressed, overweight and plagued by tired-looking skin?
You might be drinking too much alcohol and in need of a ‘driet’, experts claim.
This is a ‘drinking diet’ which challenges us to think about the number of alcoholic drinks consumed – as well as their strength – and to cut back if necessary.
NHS guidelines state that women should drink no more than two to three units a day, the equivalent of a 175ml glass of wine, and men should not drink more than three to four units, the equivalent to a pint and a half of four per cent beer.
Anyone drinking more than this may benefit from cutting down their units, according to the Driet team.
Drinking too much alcohol leads to health issues including anxiety and depression, thread veins, brittle nails, dry hair, weight gain and a weakened immune system
A new infographic, created by Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, warns 52 per cent of men and 53 per cent of women drink more than the guidelines recommended.
Lundbeck, which also created the www.driet.co.uk website providing support for people trying the drinking plan, shows the grim effects too much alcohol can have on the body.
It includes anxiety and depression, thread veins, brittle nails, dry hair, weight gain and a weakened immune system.
Writing on the website, the Driet team say drinking less can be achieved by keeping a drinking diary, which can help people identify the situations a person is most likely to consume alcohol.
A printable version of the diary is also available, so drinkers can record the number of units they consume in a week, making them aware if they are indulging to excess.
Counselling, alternative therapies such as acupuncture and drugs that help to break the addiction cycle can help those struggling to cut down.
The Driet team added: ‘The “driet” is quite simply a drinking diet.
‘In the same way that people watch their calories and go on a food diet when they want to lose weight or improve their overall health, the driet works the same way but with a specific focus on alcoholic drinks.
‘It challenges you to think about the number of alcoholic drinks you consume (as well as their strength) to help you cut down your alcohol intake and reap the potential numerous health benefits, which include weight loss, better skin and increased energy.’
Any reduction in alcohol is beneficial to your health, however, to get the best results cut drinking down to levels recommended by the NHS and stick to it, they added.
‘For some people, this may mean cutting down your drinking by 50 per cent or more, for others it may be as simple as just saying “no” to one or two extra glasses of wine at the weekend.’
The infographic comes after earlier this year Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies is set to overhaul the guidelines on the maximum daily and weekly amounts of alcohol that should be consumed by men and women later this year.
This follows new evidence that found even small amounts of alcohol causes cancer.