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Staying bevvy savvy on New Year's Eve If you're looking for a way to cut down on booze intake at New Year festivities, reduced or low-alcohol drinks could be the answer.

A drink is low alcohol if the alcoholic strength by volume (ABV) is 1.2% or less. A reduced-alcohol drink has an alcohol content that's lower than the average strength of that particular type of drink.

Consuming lower-strength alternatives means you'll have fewer units and are more likely to stay within the lower risk guidelines.

But the benefits don't stop there.

In the short term, you'll have a better night's sleep, feel fresher in the morning and be more productive.

And the long-term benefits are even greater. Reducing your alcohol intake can help avoid the more serious effects such as cancer, mental health problems, high blood pressure and heart disease.

And finally a word on non-alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks because they're not the same.

Non-alcoholic drinks are those containing no alcohol at all. Those drinks classified as 'alcohol-free' do contain a very small amount of alcohol, but only at a strength of 0.05% or less.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2015
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