Resolve to look at your drinking this New Year

Cutting back or quitting alcohol is always a popular resolution after the excesses of the festive period.

And there’s plenty of free advice and information available from the NHS for anyone who does want to battle the booze in the New Year.

Stephen Mayo (RGN) Head of Quality Safety PPI Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said:

New Year is an obvious time to take a good look at how much you drink and how you can cut down. Not everyone who drinks will develop a drink problem, but a useful starting point to cutting down is to be honest with yourself about how much you normally drink before taking the next steps.

The NHS Choices website has a wide range of advice on alcohol. This includes a quick and simple  Drinking Self-Assessment tool.

There are also lots of tools that let you track your drinking, including downloads and a printable drinking diary.

If you are concerned you can find out about the risks of drinking too much .

There is lots of other information, including personal case studies available from the NHS Choices website including a full range of alcohol support.

Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0800 917 8282 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).