Celebrate YOU

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According to the statistics, a lot of us started drinking more than usual, and more often, over the last few months. As restrictions slowly ease up, it’s worth taking some time to reflect.

Maybe a couple of drinks a week turned into a nightly iso-ritual, or started earlier in the day.

Getting back into healthier habits doesn’t have to be radical. From dropping an extra kilo or two to getting a better night’s sleep - even a small change to how much and how often you drink can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

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Alcohol and weight

A lot of us have the odd ‘iso-kilo’ or two we want to shed. But if you’re counting kilojoules, make sure you count your drinks. A few less can make a big difference to your waistline.

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Alcohol and your immune system

COVID-19’s still a thing and colds and flu are in the air. As we get out and about, you’ll find a healthy immune system could be your best friend. Cutting down on alcohol can help keep your respiratory system fighting fit.

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Alcohol and sleep

A solid 8-hours will see you up fresh and relaxed to greet the sun. But if you’re not sleeping soundly, it might be time to cut back on the amount you’re drinking.

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Alcohol and breast cancer

The science is in. If you want to lower your risk of breast cancer (and six other cancers into the bargain), lowering your alcohol intake is a good place to start.

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Alcohol and money

If you want to top up your finances in these uncertain times, it pays to think twice before topping up your glass.

Alcohol and heart health

Here’s to boosting your heart health.

Cutting back the amount you drink can lower your blood pressure and reduce the amount of triglyceride fats in your bloodstream – two things that can cut your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Alcohol and your liver

Here’s to the ultimate liver detox.

Your liver is the hardest-working organ in your body. Repay the favour by drinking a bit less, and giving your liver time to rest and regenerate.

How much am I drinking, exactly?

Social distancing restrictions might be easing off now, but maybe some of those new, less healthy habits aren’t? If new drinking patterns that started during the coronavirus lockdown continue over time, you may be at increased risk of experiencing a dependence on alcohol. Check out our drinking calculator to see how your drinking measures up.

Effects of alcohol on your body

Those few extra drinks don’t just go straight to your head. Regularly hitting the pub, club or bar for a few drinks has a whole lot of impacts on your body…and a lot of them are hidden.

Getting help

There are many resources and support services available to you during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (and after it). Listed below are links to online support and mutual aid groups, mental health support, domestic violence services, telephone services and financial and legal services. For free and confidential alcohol and other drug information or support, call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 84 or email druginfo@adf.org.au.