9 Ways To Have a Healthy Relationship with Alcohol

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By Women's Health UK

9 Ways To Have a Healthy Relationship with Alcohol

Wednesday, 1 July

Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no Wifi connection (and you've set all your WhatsApp groups to mute) you'll be aware that pubs and bars in the UK are reopening on 4th July. Think about how this makes you feel: jubilant about sitting down with a freshly-pulled pint? Thrilled that your gang are finally able to make merry in a place with actual working loos? Maybe you’ve cut your units right down during lockdown and have mixed feelings about social drinking opportunities showing up in your life again. Whichever way you're leaning, now is as good a time as any to take stock and start thinking about your drinking. Joining Roisín on today's show is David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, outspoken former government advisor and author of Drink: The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health (£16.99, Hodder & Stoughton). One of the world’s foremost experts on the impacts of drugs on the brain, he’s determined that everyone who drinks understands the impacts boozing has on their bodies and minds. Decidedly not ‘anti-booze’ (he’s a wine fan, FYI), Professor Nutt believes it is possible to have a healthy, wholly positive relationship with drinking alcohol - provided that you apply a few important principles. Here, he spells out what these habits look like - and how to apply them - whether you're going out or staying home.

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