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’ We need to perfect the art of getting tipsy’

Government alcohol guidelines keep getting tighter, yet Brits are still the world’s biggest binge drinkers. Professor Adam Winstock thinks it’s time we recognised the pleasure of gentle intoxication, so we can learn to be tipsy, not smashed
As told to Laura Potter. Photograph Stocksy

Drink more than four ‘standard’ alcoholic drinks in a session and your risk of having an accident increases. Regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day and there are long-term consequences – including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. The government guidelines not to consume more than 14 units of alcohol each week, and not to ‘save them up’ for 1-2 days, are sensible. But many of us drink to feel the effects of alcohol, and at two units, we won’t be reaching the point of intoxication we feel satisfied with. It’s important to recognise that.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of healthy! In the December/January edition, we look at how to avoid stress and stay upbeat over the festive period. Plus, we’ve got some tips on making healthier choices at the Christmas party and setting achievable goals for the year ahead. Many of us suffer with stress over Christmas, so for this issue, we wanted to think about all of the positive things that come with it, too. From our fresh-thinking article on perfecting the art of getting tipsy, to advice on how to break the Christmas weight-gain/January diet cycle, we’re approaching the colder months with a positive outlook. In the name of balance, writer Laura Potter looks at why we should practise Pilates to build strength and improve posture. We also look into the benefits of art therapy, as well as offering some crafting tips for you to try. And if you’re hosting your own festive party this year, don’t forget to flip the magazine over for festive recipe inspiration in our dedicated food section. Find all of this, plus our usual expert-led content, in the latest issue of Healthy.