The Cost of Alcohol

It’s no surprise that alcohol can cause your bank account (and body) to take a big hit, but seeing the figures can be quite shocking.

*The average drinker spends an estimated £62,899 on alcohol over the course of a lifetime, and with one in five drinkers (19%) considering alcohol to be an ‘essential’ item in their shopping basket – we don’t want to imagine the eyewatering total amount on their receipt.

As alcohol prices are set to rise next month, with a bottle of wine going up 44p – it might be worth taking a few drink-free days in a week or even toy with the idea of going completely alcohol-free.

The increase in money in your bank account can be a very welcome, and unexpected side effect when you cut down on drinking – along with the physical effects of improved mental health, brighter skin and even weight loss.

If you’re ready to cut back on the booze, the NHS Drink Free Days app can be a helpful tool to keep you on track. With the app, you can:

  • Update and track your drink-free days
  • Get simple and practical tips to control your drinking
  • Receive reminders when you need to keep your motivations in mind
  • Celebrate milestones

Opening up about drinking can be an important first step in helping you to consider making some changes for a healthier and happier life. If you’re ready to stop drinking and start saving on financial and physical costs, we can help.

We offer a free Alcohol Support service for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough residents. To find out more about the service, please visit here.

*Alcohol Awareness Week | Alcohol Change UK

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