3) Watch your alcohol intake
Drinking alcohol only in moderation is well known advice for healthier living. Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week – that’s six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of wine – can damage your health. This includes heightened risks or cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, stroke, heart disease and liver disease.
It can be hard to work out just how many units we consume. This may help.
- 1.5 units - Small glass red/white/rose wine (125ml, ABV 12%)
- 2.1 units - Standard glass red/white/rose wine (175ml, ABV 12%)
- 3 units - Large glass red-white/rose wine (250ml, ABV 12%)
- 2 units - Pint of lower strength beer/lager/cider (ABV 3.6%)
- 3 units - Pint of higher strength beer/lager/cider (ABV 5.2%)
- 1.7 units - Bottle of lager/beer/cider (330ml, ABV 5%)
- 2 units - Can of beer/lager/cider (440ml, ABV 4.5%)
- 1.5 units - Alcopop (275ml, ABV 5.5%)
- 1 unit - Single small shot of spirits (25ml, ABV 40%)
Life insurance providers will ask you how much you drink – they know about the health-related consequences too. It’s a natural tendency to underestimate what we consume. Be wary of stretching the truth too far though – saying you hardly drink and then developing alcohol related liver disease could jeopardise your policy.