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The truth about your festive tipple

The sound of popping corks marks the start of party season, but making it an excuse to binge could lead to more than a hangover. We help you celebrate safely

THOSE OF US WHO ENJOY A GLASS OR TWO OF WINE WITH DINNER live in hope that alcohol guidelines will be increased – and drinking will turn out to be good for our health. But without wishing to dampen this year’s festivities, it’s safe to say the reverse is likely to happen.

The recommended alcohol limits from the Department of Health haven’t changed since 1995 (no more than three to four units a day for men and two to three units for women). Now these are under review – and may well be decreased.

So while we’re not advising you to forgo the fizz, don’t abandon your normal judgement. We asked the experts to dispel some of the myths surrounding alcohol and offer guidance on staying safe.

FESTIVE FIB Some alcohol is good for us

WE’RE USED TO SEEING HEADLINES reporting on studies that show a little alcohol might do us some good. ‘New research might suggest, for example, that beer helps prevent heart disease in women or red wine helps us lose weight – both of which appeared as headlines recently,’ says HFG nutritionist Amanda Ursell. ‘But in reality, the resulting advice never translates as “try to drink another one”. Instead, it still ends up being about “not drinking more than”. Ultimately, no health care professional is ever going to promote alcohol as being actively “good” for us.’

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In December’s Healthy Food Guide, save calories at the Christmas do with our tips for eating out without the belly bloat. We discover the surprising magic of how to sing yourself slim, and our experts recommend diet tweaks to help ease anxiety. Plus we’ve got healthier festive food including 12 tweaks for the big day, warming slow-cook suppers and our fancy, fuss-free filo meals.