The Problem: Bad Breath

Alcohol reduces saliva flow, which causes ‘morning mouth’. That dry environment is a party palace for bacteria – who, without all that acid-neutralising saliva, will happily hang around, interacting with all the food and drink on your teeth, and causing your breath to smell.

The Problem: The Shakes

You might think “the shakes” is part and parcel of a hangover and proof of a good night out – but in reality, shaking is an alcohol-withdrawal symptom; you’re essentially going cold turkey, and that’s not a good thing.

The Problem: Yellow And Decayed Teeth

If you only drink prosecco and vodka, you might think you’re being far kinder to your teeth than those reckless red-wine drinkers. Well, you’d be wrong! Any alcohol, clear or coloured, is high in sugar, which attacks your enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable. And if you prefer your tipple with bubbles – even a spritz of soda – you’re giving teeth an added hit of acid – this can cause erosion, a form of tooth wear.

The Problem: Your Liver

Just like gum disease, liver disease is known as the silent killer because you can live with it for decades before you realise there’s a problem – at which point, it’s sometimes too advanced to treat effectively. And, again like gum disease, liver disease is 90% preventable if you make the right lifestyle choices. Reducing your alcohol intake will not only take the pressure off your liver, but reduce your risk of oral cancer too.

The Problem: Body Issues

Weight gain, low immunity and a ruddy or sallow complexion are all side-effects of overdoing the sauce. Giving your body a break from the booze in January will have you feeling a little lighter and looking a lot healthier.

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