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  • Dry January: Why water is your best friend

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    Dry January: Why water is your best friend

    If you were one of the many people who took part in 'dry January' and avoided alcohol for the month, then congratulations on your achievement! Your liver will have had a chance to recover, your sleep patterns should have normalised and you may well have noticed real differences in your skin and energy levels, and maybe even your overall attitude towards life. Alcohol in moderation can be enjoyable and can even have some health benefits. For example, red wine is packed with antioxidants, which the body uses to fight rogue cells. Of course, excessive drinking causes a number of health and social problems. Drink no more than two or three units of alcohol a day, and try to have at least two or three alcohol-free days a week. It's also worth drinking as the French do – by alternating an alcoholic drink with plain water, whether from bottled water coolers or sparkling table bottles. In the office you can also prepare for alcohol by staying hydrated during the day. Top up a jug of water from the office water coolers and add a squeeze of lemon to stimulate your digestion. Sip it throughout the day and eat a banana for B vitamins and potassium. Eat a good meal before you drink, with plenty of carbohydrates, which will stop alcohol from entering your bloodstream too quickly. Choose your drinks carefully too. Dark-coloured drinks tend to contain more hangover-inducing compounds, though people who are able to exercise a little restraint can enjoy making a glass of red wine or two last the evening. Try spritzers with mineral water or soda, which dilute the alcohol content. Avoid sugary cocktails, as these disguise the amount of alcohol and are also packed with calories! A gin and tonic made with a low-sugar tonic can be a good choice. Enjoy, but always practise moderation. Latest news from Angel Springs, leading UK supplier of office water dispensers, bottled and mains-fed water coolers and eco boilers.