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Drink Less


If you've decided that you want to try and drink less alcohol, you might have a few questions you want to ask. Our 'drink less' FAQs are designed to help answer those questions, so that you can start your journey to a healthier lifestyle with the confidence you need. If you can't find the question or answer you are looking for here, then feel free to get in touch with our friendly team. They are here to help you cut down on your alcohol intake!

  • Posted May 17, 2022

    How to deal with anxiety without alcohol

    By LiveWell Dorset

    If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety, you may have found yourself turning to alcohol to relax yourself. Whilst alcohol can bring you a temporary sense of relief and confidence, it isn’t a sustainable way to manage your emotions.

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  • Posted Feb 25, 2022

    How does alcohol affect pregnancy?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Alcohol can have negative effects on your own health, but it can also lead to complications during pregnancy and even have a lasting impact on the child.

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  • Posted Feb 16, 2022

    Long-term effects of alcohol

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Alcohol can have both short and long-term effects on your body. In this article, we’ll highlight how drinking alcohol can impact your health in the long-term and provide some tips for drinking less.

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  • Posted Nov 29, 2021

    How do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Do you drink often and worry that you may be dependent on alcohol? You’re not the only one - and here at LiveWell Dorset, we’re here to help.

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  • Posted Nov 26, 2021

    What happens when you drink alcohol?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    When you consume alcohol, you don’t digest it. Instead, alcohol will enter your digestive system and pass through your bloodstream, travelling around your body, affecting your brain, kidneys, liver and other organs.

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  • Posted Nov 23, 2021

    What causes alcoholism?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Alcoholism isn’t just when you have the occasional drink, it’s the addiction to drinking alcohol and can lead to serious health issues.

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  • Posted Jun 17, 2021

    What is binge drinking?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Binge drinking is typically defined as drinking lots of alcohol in a short period of time or drinking with the intention of getting drunk.

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  • Posted May 14, 2021

    How to help an alcoholic

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Seeing someone you know and love struggle with alcohol addiction is difficult. As much as you want to help them drink less, you may not know what to say, how to act or be able to empathise with what they’re experiencing.

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  • Posted Feb 5, 2021

    Does alcohol increase anxiety and depression?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    There has been a lot of research into the effects of drinking alcohol and its impact on our mental health, and there is evidence to suggest that alcohol can make mental health issues worse, in fact, alcohol is linked to suicide, self-harm and psychosis.

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  • Posted Jan 25, 2021

    Why does alcohol make you gain weight?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Do you find it difficult to lose weight? It may be partially due to your alcohol intake. It can be surprising just how many calories are actually found in drinks such as wine or beer.

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  • Posted Nov 13, 2020

    How to Drink Less and Still Have Fun

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Drinking alcohol has arguably become a big part of British culture and many of us will indulge in drinking when out with friends in pubs, clubs and restaurants, as well as from the comfort of our own home. However, we need to be mindful of our alcohol intake as drinking can increase our risk of developing health issues. In this article, we will share tips on how to drink less and still have fun - so you don’t have to worry about missing out!

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  • Posted Oct 22, 2020

    How to start drinking less alcohol

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Drinking alcohol can introduce risks to your health, and so, the more you drink, the more risks that are involved. We have put together some tips on how to start drinking less alcohol and have listed some of the benefits that come with drinking less.

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