Recent research has shown that 10 million adults in England are drinking more than the recommended daily limit, with 2.6 million of us drinking more than twice this limit. While these figures are certainly worrying, many people reading this may not realise that these statistics apply to them. The numerous health risks caused by alcohol consumption cost the NHS around £2.7 billion a year, meaning that the cost of Britain’s drinking habits is much more than we can afford. So what can you do to make a difference and make the vital steps needed to change some of these statistics? Dry January, an incentive set up by Alcohol Concern, is aiming to get us to ditch drinking for a whole month while raising money for those whose lives have been affected by alcohol misuse. Whether it is just an after work pint or an evening glass of wine, cutting out alcohol from our lives may make us question why we rely on it in the first place. You don’t have to be an alcoholic or even notice any problems from drinking to give up alcohol, you may just decide that the benefits of living alcohol free outweigh the risks that come with drinking too much. So what are the risks? Excessive drinking can cause a great deal of damage to our heart, liver and even our lungs. It is estimated that around 90% of heavy drinkers can end up with a ‘fatty liver’ the first stage of liver disease. As well as causing a great deal of damage to our physical selves, alcohol consumption can cause similar amounts of damage to our mental health. Alcohol is a depressant, and continuous drinking can start to have a negative effect on our mood, which is why many alcohol abusers also suffer from depression. If the effect that alcohol has on your insides isn’t enough to put you off, then you may be more dissuaded from drinking by the effects it can have on your outside. Binge drinking can lead to rapid weight gain, as well having an ageing effect on our skin. Many people find that giving up alcohol just has to start with the decision, and the Dry January incentive is a great first step to making the choice to cut down on drinking. Not only will you notice the benefits to your health and appearance but you may be surprised at the amount of money you save by not drinking! So why not make a real difference, its not too late to start raising money now. And remember that if you need support whilst giving up alcohol then Psychic Light can help. Whether you just need someone to talk to or support and guidance on how to cut out drinking then give us a call. We wish all our readers participating in Dry January the best of luck.