30+ drinking advice

People in their 30s and 40s worse at knowing when to stop drinking

So, it’s not the binge-drinking twentysomethings who don’t know when to call time at the bar, in fact it’s those in their 30s and 40s who ignore sensible-drinking guidelines.

A new poll by YouGov has discovered that nearly 50% of men and women between 30 and 50 admit to drinking too much. Added to this, our bodies lose muscle and water after the age of 50, making the results of that extra pint even more pronounced.

‘You often hear people saying they feel worse after drinking the older they get – as you age, the body isn’t as good at dealing with alcohol,’ GP Dr Sarah Jarvis tells the BBC.

‘To help you stick to your limits, you might want to try agreeing a limit with a friend, following one alcoholic drink with a soft drink, or taking time out from drinking for another activity.’

NHS admissions for 35 to 49-year-olds suffering from alcohol-related conditions have also rocketed, from 50,000 in 2002/03 to 75,000 in 2005/06.

‘However young or old, a hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you’ve had too much the night before,’ a spokesperson for Alcohol Concern notes.

‘The surest way to enjoy Christmas drinks with none of the baggage is to stick to the recommended daily limits.’

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