Men's health by numbers
What numbers are important for your health?
Every year the 2nd week of June celebrates Men’s Health Week. The aim is to encourage men to understand important health concerns, seek early medical advice and raise awareness on what they can do to keep fit and healthy.
This year, Men’s Health Week falls on 10 to 16 June and is focused on health by numbers.
We know that when it comes to sports men know facts and figures like the back of their hand. How many goals did Liverpool score in the 2019 Champions League final? What round did Ruiz defeat Anthony Joshua? You’ve got all the answers! But when it comes to your health just how much do you really know?
Our DrinkCoach experts have put together a list of 6 eye-opening stats which reveal the impact alcohol has to play on men’s health. They’ve also followed that up with 6 important figures to help you change your relationship with alcohol, for good.
6 stats to get you to act
Did you know that 33.3% of men turn to alcohol to ease depression? (1)
Did you know that men are twice as likely to binge drink than women? (2)
Did you know that 23% of adult men admit to binge drinking 5x a month? (2)
Did you know that men were responsible for 62% of alcohol related UK hospital admissions in 2018? (3)
Did you know that 9% of men in the UK show signs of alcohol dependency? (4)
Did you know that men are 5x more likely to drown while drinking than women? (5)
While these stats may be worrying there are plenty of things you can do to enjoy yourself while drinking responsibly.
6 stats to help you stay on track
Aim to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Drink any more and the likelihood of harm increases exponentially.
Try to have at least 2 alcohol free days per week.
For every alcoholic drink you have, have a glass of water or a non-alcoholic drink. It will help slow down your drinking and keep you in control.
Swop your higher ABV beer, ciders, ales and lagers for a lower 4% version.
Set yourself a goal. Whether it's 1,2 or 3 units make sure you know how much you want to drink before you start a drinking session.
Download our DrinkCoach app for free and track and change your drinking on the go.
Remember, your body is very good at letting you know when it needs a break from alcohol. You just need to learn to listen to it. If you are concerned about how much you are drinking you can take our 2 min alcohol test for personalised advice and information.