Rethinking Your Drinking - healty drinking is not just about alcohol
As the dry January brigade prepares to leap - or tentatively disembark - from the alcohol-free wagon, the opportunity presents itself not only think about our booze consumption but to also consider our liquid intake in general. Unlike food, we are less likely to keep track of what we're drinking, the annual month of abstinence being a notable exception. Fluids tend to be unthinkingly consumed, which is not an issue if your beverage of choice is water but may be a cause for concern for anyone regularly downing several soft sugary drinks or a 500kcal-plus blended coffee concoction per day. Yet it pays to be mindful of what we're drinking. "We can survive for several weeks without food but we can only survive for several days without water," says dietitian Orla Walsh. "Fluids are important nutrients to the body but are quite often not seen as nutrients."