If you're feeling tired, stressed, think you're overweight and feel plagued by bad skin, it could all be down to one thing - your alcohol consumption.

Experts suggest you may be in need of a "driet", or drinking diet, which challenges us to consider the amount of alcohol we consume, as well as its strength, and cut back accordingly.

A website, driet.co.uk, has been created by a Danish pharmaceuticals company to support people with a drinking plan, and shows the grim effects too much alcohol can have on the body.

These include anxiety and depression, thread veins, brittle nails, dry hair, weight gain and a weakened immune system.

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The driet team say drinking less can be achieved by keeping a drinking diary, which can help people identify the situations where they may be more inclined to consume larger amounts of alcohol.

The team says, "In the same way that people watch their calories and go on a food diet when they want to lose weight or improve their overall health, the driet works the same way but with a specific focus on alcoholic drinks.

"It challenges you to think about the number of alcoholic drinks you consume (as well as their strength) to help you cut down your alcohol intake and reap the potential numerous health benefits, which include weight loss, better skin and increased energy."

The effects of alcohol. Image / nzherald.co.nz
The effects of alcohol. Image / nzherald.co.nz

British guidelines say women should drink no more than two to three units a week, the equivalent of a 175ml glass of wine, and men should not drink more than three to four units, the equivalent of a pint and a half of 4 per cent beer.

In New Zealand, a 100ml glass of wine is considered a standard drink while a standard beer is considered a 330ml, 4 per cent can.

According to alcohol.org.nz, women should consume no more than 10 standard drinks a week, and men no more than 15.

For more, visit the driet website here or download the drinking diary.

- nzherald.co.nz

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