Latest figures show that around 38 per cent of women regularly exceed sensible drinking guidelines, by drinking more than two to three units a day or 14 units a week.
As well as headaches and restless nights, the invisible effects of alcohol can accelerate the ageing process and even increase the risks of high blood pressure, liver disease and breast cancer.
You can witness the effects of regularly drinking too much by downloading the ‘Drinking Mirror’ smartphone app. The app is available exclusively from the Scottish Government, free until the end of March and shows users that cutting down by a glass size can have a significant effect on the ageing process. So far the app has been downloaded by 364,275 people worldwide.
By making some simple adjustments to our drinking habits – such as dropping a glass size - it’s easy to make a noticable difference. Taking simple steps such as pouring a small glass of wine, as opposed to a standard measure, alternating alcohol with soft drinks and taking at least two alcohol-free days a week, can have a positive impact on your health.
To make a positive change to your health and bank balance, visit www.drinksmarter.org.