Saturday, November 27

If you feel that you are drinking too much: an online test lets you know how much you are risking your health

The test created by Drinkware experts, seeks to raise awareness about alcohol consumption and its effects on health. In addition, they offer some extremely simple tools that make it easy to control during the holiday season.

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It’s official: the holiday season has already begun many of us worry about excesses. Finally, we all know that the Christmas festivities are accompanied by the most delicious dishes and of course, alcoholic beverages! And it is a fact that as the celebrations progress, many of us are probably drinking a little too much. Whether at the work party, a drink while we cook and in the many meetings with friends and family: there is always an excuse for a drink. However, we have good news, for all those who are concerned about their alcohol consumption during the Christmas season: a questionnaire called Drinkware that has been created to help us determine how risky our drinking habits are.

What does the test consist of?

According to the creators of the questionnaire, with much greater incidence in the Christmas season it is normal that we accumulate alcoholic beverages throughout the day without realizing it. That is why this practical test can help users discover their level of drinking risk, through simple steps:

First, you will need to visit the website and start the questionnaire. Among the most relevant data of the test, is that it has a scheme created to help users define whether they need to schedule “no drink” days.

– As part of the data that is collected, there is basic information such as: age, gender and zip code. According to the experts who created this test, it is important to know the gender of the people, since the risk of harm from alcohol varies according to the sex of the people. And, in addition, the tool calculates different risk thresholds for both men and women.

– The next step are Questions directly focused on alcohol consumption: how often do you have an alcoholic drink, whether it’s every week, twice a month or more, once a month or less, or never. Users are also asked what days of the week they drink and, on average, how many drinks they have on each of those days.

– The next question looks at how often you drink certain amounts of alcohol, for example: a 330 ml bottle of beer, a pint of beer or cider, a medium glass of wine or a single measure of a liquor.

These are actually fairly straightforward questions, once answered each user is given a breakdown of their alcohol consumption. And this is a great way to start practicing mindful drinking.For example: you may not think it’s a lot, but have a couple of tips on a Friday and Saturday night; it could mean a warning.

According to Drinkware experts, there are behaviors that invite binge drinking, which means that this type of relationship with alcohol can put people’s health at risk through different possibilities. Among the main ones is a increased risk of serious health problemss, including certain types of cancer, liver and heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression.

In fact, there are some relevant data in this regard, according to professionals, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, and alcohol causes one in 13 cases. It’s simple: The more you drink, the greater the risk. Alcohol is also linked to six other cancers, including the mouth and throat, liver, and intestine.

For this reason, one of the general recommendations of the creators of Drinkware and in general of all health institutions is: Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume each week is a great way to start improving your overall health. At the end of the test, users are also given a helpful breakdown on how many units of alcohol they consume per week and how many extra calories it symbolizes in their day-to-day life. Also, the platform offers a personalized plan that can be helpful to reduce alcohol consumption. This involves adding activities to your day, such as walking or biking, which can help you feel healthier and fitter overall.

Finally, by now we all know that reducing alcohol consumption is an excellent option to significantly improve health in the long term. A recent study found that drinking eight units a week increases the risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most frequently diagnosed. For more context: 8 units a week equals five glasses of small wine (7.5 units) or just under three pints of high-strength beer. It could also be a glass of whiskey in the evening or eight gin and tonics throughout the week.

According to the study, those people who drank at the “risky” level of alcohol consumption, that is, eight units per week: they had a greater decrease in short-term memory during the study period. According to Dr Dr. Tony Rao, who led the study at King’s College London, these types of situations are very likely to progress to dementia. As additional data, according to the study: risky drinkers tended to be male, white British, married, with higher education, a history of depression and smoking.

Some additional tips:

– Both men and women should not drink more than 14 units per week. To help you have better control: keep track, take note of how many units you have available and try to distribute them throughout the week. The good news is that Drinkaware has an app that can help its users keep track of alcohol consumption measurements at home. Don’t try to guess the measures, look at the bottles and cans to see how many measures are in each drink. If you are drinking spirits, try using a unit measuring cup.

– Opt for the use of small glasses. If you’re a wine drinker, it can certainly be tempting to fill your glass, but be very careful: some glasses can hold a third of a bottle of wine. A good idea is to buy small glasses to control consumption at home and when you go out to an event always ask that they serve you in a small one.

– Days “without drinks.” A good strategy, especially for the holiday season, is to assign certain days of the week when you will not drink. Also, you can consider having some strategy-friendly alternatives, such as non-alcoholic beers, today there are many brands like Infinite Session, Brewdog and Becks, that offer little or no options. Plus, there are plenty of nonalcoholic gins circulating this holiday season.

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