No amount of alcohol is safe, but there are things you can do to reduce the health effects of drinking.
That is according to professor David Nutt, a researcher at Imperial College London, former government advisor and outspoken drug expert.
Avoiding champagne, drinking beer before wine and making sure you buy the third round can all prevent you from being dragged and drunk, says Professor Nutt.
In his new book, he reveals a list of useful habits that he follows to prevent him from getting drunk and therefore tries to limit the health damage he suffers from drinking.
Professor Nutt admits owning his own wine bar in Ealing, West London, and drinking – sometimes too much – but says that alcohol would be forbidden if it were discovered today.
In addition to health hazards such as brain and liver damage and mental health problems, it causes social problems, including domestic violence and drunk driving.
An alternative to synthetic alcohol that he is developing in the lab, apparently getting you drunk without the hangover or body damage, is hard to sell to investors who don’t seem interested in tackling the British love affair with alcohol, he said.
Professor David Nutt said that avoiding champagne, with bubbles that make you more drunk faster, is a good way to limit the damage alcohol causes to your body (stock image)
“There is no risk of alcohol consumption without risk,” Professor Nutt writes in his new book Drink? The new science of alcohol and your health.
He says it is up to the individual how much they want to endanger their health.
Scientific estimates vary – a report from the European Commission says that a pint of lager per year could increase the risk of cancer, while the recommended weekly maximum of the NHS is 14 units, which is equivalent to six pints of beer or 10 small wines.
But most people keep drinking, even knowing that it can harm their health.
Professor Nutt, who acknowledges this and counts himself as one of them, has revealed some top tips on how to prevent you from drinking too much.
He says to avoid champagne, because the bubbles make you drunk faster, Times 2 reports.
Don’t let other people refill your glass and never open a second bottle, he adds – these are physical rules that you can set in advance to prevent you from going too far.
Professor Nutt owns his own wine bar with his daughter in Ealing, West London, and says he drinks alcohol himself, but knows it is bad for him
He says that if he plans to drink wine, he will have a beer that is weaker in advance to fill himself and leave less room for wine.
And if you buy rounds, you should try to go to third place so that you can take two alcoholic drinks and then buy yourself a non-alcoholic drink to slow things down without experiencing peer pressure or speaking out a Ask for soda.
Professor Nutt also adds that you should avoid salty snacks while drinking.
This may be because the food – such as chips and peanuts, which are popular in pubs and bars – makes you thirsty and tempts you to drink more.
Professor Nutt says that alcohol is so loved because it gives people a good and social feeling, and adds that it has become dangerously ingrained in society and is easily available.
Huge super-strong bottles of cider can be purchased in off-licenses for just a few pounds, for example.
“If you see it as a medicine, you think of it more as a treat or something you are planning,” he said.
His work to develop Alcarelle, a synthetic substitute for alcohol that has the same effects but without the hangover, is successful but not popular with potential investors.
He told The Times: “People are not interested in practice. I find it really disappointing. “
Alcarelle stimulates the same parts of the brain as alcohol, but without pushing the same amount of toxic chemicals through the liver and organs.
It leaves people drunk for 45 minutes and then disappears without a trace.
“The effects of alcohol are complicated,” he said The Guardian last year. ‘But you can focus on the parts of the brain that you want to focus on.
“The industry knows that alcohol is a toxic substance. If it were discovered today, it would be illegal as a food.
“The safe limit of alcohol, if you apply food standards, would be one glass of wine a year.”