Personal trainer blog: alcohol

OK – here we go – here are some hard facts about alcohol that I am not sure we all want to hear.

Too much alcohol is not good for you – guess you knew that anyway – but did you know that in a survey commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) only 12% of people knew that half a bottle of wine contains five alcohol units? The recommended daily allowance of alcohol units for a woman is 2 to 3 units. So it’s not half a bottle of wine a day for us! And did you know that there are about 240 calories in a large glass of white wine?

Do you think that binge drinking is something that young girls do on a night out? Binge drinking is usually defined as drinking six or more units in one sitting for women. That’s a little over half a bottle – and who is most likely to do this? People over 55 in the higher demographic class groups. If this is all sounding a bit too familiar – now might be a good time to pause and think.

Value your blood pressure, your heart, your liver, your sleep and your weight – watch your alcohol intake.

Try holding yourself to account for lowering your alcohol intake this week.

Marion Foreman

About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.