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Drop a glass size in 2013

WebMD UK Health News
Medically Reviewed by Dr Farah Ahmed
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10th January 2013 - Wine glasses have been growing. It used to be we'd have a small glass of wine (125ml) but now a large glass is commonplace. A large glass (250ml) can hold a third of a bottle which means you can be drinking nearly three units of alcohol in just one glass. The safe daily alcohol limit for women is two-three units.

It's facts like these which have led the Scottish Government to launch a campaign encouraging women to ‘Drop a Glass Size’ in 2013.

Health Secretary Alex Neil says Scotland has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and although much has been done to reduce alcohol related harm more progress can be made. In a press release he says: "Evidence shows us that most people who drink alcohol, particularly at home, have no idea of how much they are actually consuming. This campaign will show people how small changes to their drinking habits can have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing."

Scottish statistics

Latest figures show that around 38% of Scottish women regularly exceed daily or weekly sensible drinking guidelines, by drinking more than the recommended two to three units a day or 14 units a week. .

The number of alcohol-related deaths among women aged 30-44 has doubled in the last 20 years, and the chronic liver disease and cirrhosis death rate among 30-44 year old women in Scotland has trebled since the mid to late 1980s.

Ageing affects of alcohol

The campaign encourages women to think about the health effects of regularly drinking above the recommended alcohol guidelines. It says making small changes, such as alternating alcohol with soft drinks or water and having two alcohol-free days a week, can lead to big health improvements.

The UK-wide charity, Drinkaware suggests wine drinkers swap to spritzers so they still get a large drink, but one that contains less alcohol.

Part of the 'Drop a Glass Size' campaign includes a ‘drinking mirror’ smart phone app which has been developed to show people the ageing affects of regularly drinking too much.

Dr Samantha Robson, GP, says in a media statement: "Alcohol undoubtedly has an effect on our appearance in the short and long-term. As well as causing bloating and dark circles under your eyes, alcohol dries out skin and can lead to wrinkles and premature aging. Many people forget that alcohol also affects their sleep, which doesn’t do skin any favours. But drinking more than you should over time can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin and more importantly your overall health.

"Many women don’t think about the longer term effects of drinking or that on average it takes them longer than a man to recover from the damage caused by a big night. But cutting down a glass size, or having a break some nights, the result could make a huge difference to how they look and feel."

Reviewed on January 10, 2013

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