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The sober truth

Yes, we know it’s not easy to pace yourself at this time of year (especially if the drinks are free), but these alcohol stats might make you think twice

TIPSY SUMS

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    It’s astounding what our favourite tipples look like in festive-food form:

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175ml glass of mulled wine (10% ABV*)

(2.3 units) = 3 pieces of chocolate orange

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50ml glass of Irish cream liqueur (17% ABV*)

(0.9 units) = 2 mini mince pies

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125ml glass of champagne (12% ABV*)

(1.5 units) = 2 pigs in blankets

SLOW DOWN

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On average, the liver breaks down one unit of alcohol per hour. So drink at your own speed and don’t feel pressured to have a glass in each round. Also, you won’t end up telling your boss what you really think of their outfit.

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…that’s the estimated number of calories the average party-goer drinks throughout December.

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CRACK THE COLOUR CODE

Clear-coloured spirits, such as vodka, gin and white rum, contain slightly fewer calories than darker liquors like whisky and brandy. And when it comes to mixers, opt for sparkling water over soda, as the latter is sometimes sweetened.

OUR ‘A’ LISTERS…

These buys could help you through the party season

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    Going to an event where you don’t know anyone? A quick spritz of Bach Rescue Remedy Spray, £9.99/999 points (20ml), can help calm any pre-festivity nerves.

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    Boots Pharmaceuticals Digestion Relief Milk Thistle Capsules Boots Exclusive £8.99/899 points (30-pack), is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.

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    Track how much you’re drinking by logging your intake on a Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate & Fitness Wristband* Boots.com only £119.99/11,999 points. It counts your calories, too.

YOU BOOZE, YOU LOSE

Alcohol has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen since 1988. It can increase the risk of bowel cancer and breast cancer, as well as conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. So that 14-units-a-week recommended limit? It’s for good reason.

*Alcohol by volume. Available in selected stores.

Words Charlotte Grant-West

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