Matt Hancock begs Brits not to attend Black Lives Matter protests of more than six people over social distancing rules – The Sun

MATT Hancock has begged Brits not to attend Black Lives Matter protests of more than six people this weekend.

The Health Secretary today urged people to stay away from mass demonstrations as they are a breach of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Huge crowds attended a rally in Hyde Park this week to protest against racial inequality and police brutality following the death of George Floyd after he was arrested by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

And more protests are planned in central London this weekend.

But Mr Hancock reminded the public today that Britain is still fighting the covid-19 crisis and it is “vital” we stick to the rules.

He told the No10 briefing: "Like so many I am appalled by the death of George Floyd and I understand why people are deeply upset but we are still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat.

Please for the safety of your loved ones do not attend large gatherings including demonstrations of more than six people.

"The reason that it is vital that people stick to the rules this weekend is to protect themselves and their family from this horrific disease.

"So please for the safety of your loved ones do not attend large gatherings including demonstrations of more than six people."

Black Lives Matter protests have taken places across Britain with thousands meeting in London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast this week.


This weekend there are set to be further mass demonstrations in the capital with "peaceful protests against police brutality in the UK and US" in Parliament Square on Saturday.

On Sunday there will be another rally outside the US Embassy calling for "justice for the multiple black people who have been killed and harmed by the police."

As thousands marched on the capital for a peaceful protest this week, Star Wars star John Boyega made an impassioned speech to the crowd in Hyde Park, which also included ex-One Direction Star Liam Payne.

The overwhelming majority of protesters remained peaceful throughout the day, but as the day wore on, scuffles broke out near Downing Street and outside the Foreign Office, with some of the crowd shouting 'f*** Boris, f*** Trump'.


The Met Police confirmed 13 people were arrested following the disturbances near the PM's London residence.

And during the evening, police in riot gear were called to Westminster after clashes broke out near to the Foreign Office and barriers were launched towards No10.

Footage from the scuffles near No10 shows objects including signs and a traffic cone being thrown at police while one protester is wrestled to the ground and restrained by officers.

It comes as police forces in the UK yesterday issued a joint statement slamming Floyd's killing.

They said they "stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified" by the 46-year-old's death.

The chief constables, the chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, the chief executive of the College of Policing and the president of the Police Superintendents' Association said: "We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.

"Justice and accountability should follow."

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Man City to appoint Pep Guardiola’s old manager Juanma Lillo as his No2 to replace Mikel Arteta – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY are set to appoint Pep Guardiola's old boss Juanma Lillo as their assistant manager.

Guardiola was briefly managed by the Spanish maestro during his six-month stint at Mexican outfit Dorados Sinaloa at the twilight of his career in 2006.

City did not replace Mikel Arteta when he left for the top job at the Emirates last December, but according to Marca and AS the club have eyed Lillo as replacement.

He recently parted ways Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai – where he had Yaya Toure in his squad – but he left during the lay off caused by coronavirus.

The 54-year-old has been a coach for 35 years, working with Sevilla, Chile, Real Sociedad, Almeria and Atletico Nacional where he has often had limited success.

The Spaniard has also held managerial jobs in Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Japan, where he coached Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Lukas Podolski at Vissel Kobe.

Guardiola has previously described Lillo as a "maestro" and regards him as one of the biggest influences on his career.

The City chief pinpoints his short-time in Mexico for spurring him onto a glittering coaching career with Barcelona.

The pair share a long-standing admiration for their hero Johan Cruyff who has influenced both their managerial styles and Guardiola views his former boss as a tactical idol.

In an interview in 2012 with Fifa, Lillo emotionally admitted: "Guardiola is like a son to me,

"He told me that he liked how my team played a lot and wanted to stay in touch. What began as a professional relationship developed into something much more."

Ironically his first game in the dug-out could be against Pep’s old assistant Arteta.

Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso had been touted for the No2 job at the Etihad in April.

The Spaniard visited City's training ground in 2018 to learn about the club's coaching methods and the Etihad boss backed him to become a top manager following his retirement.

Rodolfo Borrell, who is already part of City's coaching staff, has been acting as interim assistant coach and was also tipped for the job, but it seems the club would prefer to look for an external appointment.

Other possible options included club legend David Silva and Iniesta, but both are still playing so are unlikely to be swayed into the dug-out just yet.

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Game of Thrones and Friends toppled by Looney Tunes as most popular show on HBO just one week after launch – The Sun

GAME of Thrones has been knocked off its perch as HBO’s most-watched show – by cartoons, no less.

Despite being arguably the most talked-about TV series of the past decade, the popular fantasy series was not the most streamed programme on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service in its first week.

Instead the most-watched show on HBO Max after week one was Looney Toons Cartoons – a modern reboot of the iconic Bugs Bunny-starring animated shorts.

The series drew 16.5 times the demand of the average TV show, according to audience research firm Parrot Analytics.

It found Looney Toons Cartoons even exceeded Apple TV+’s big budget sci-fi original See – the most in-demand show on the platform in its first four days – and was almost five times more in demand than Quibi’s most popular show Chrissy’s Court.

Perhaps surprisingly, Game of Thrones did not even feature in the top five most-watched programmes on the platform.

The second most-watched show initially was The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo. 

The HBO Max original is a send-up of US television’s late-night chat shows, starring the much-loved Sesame Street character. 

But this was soon passed by Anna Kendrick’s rom-com Love Life, which has gone on to be the second most in-demand HBO Max programme, with nine times as many viewers as an average show.

However, Looney Tunes pales in comparison to the launch of Disney+ and it’s hit sci-fi western The Mandalorian, which in its first four days drew a staggering 46.1 times the demand of an average show.


But while audiences seem to be enjoying HBO Max’s family-friendly content, industry reaction has generally been less positive.

Analysts at US firm MoffettNathanson described the WarnerMedia channel as “chaotic” with a “mess” of brands.

Rahul Patel, an analyst at Ampere, added: “The branding is certainly less clear-cut than in the case of Disney, where its individual production assets have historically been more closely aligned to the studio in branding terms. 

“This manifests in two main ways – clarifying the breadth of content on the service, and clarifying the differentiation from historic VOD services run by Warner – and has resulted in Warner making recent efforts to clarify the distinction between HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max.”

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SeaWorld cleared to reopen 3 parks after coronavirus shutdowns

SeaWorld Interim CEO on coronavirus reopening: We’ll benefit from majority of visitors driving to our parks

SeaWorld Entertainment Interim CEO Marc Swanson argues there is demand for theme parks and Americans are anxious to get out and visit.

Under plans approved by the state of Florida, SeaWorld will welcome back guests at three of its Orlando-based parks as soon as next week, effectively ending months of inactivity created by COVID-19.

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SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove will reopen June 11 with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements, and temperature screening, the company announced Thursday. The park will also have a new online reservation system to help manage park capacity.


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"Over the past two months, we have worked with state and local health officials, third party medical and epidemiology experts, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards," said Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. "We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and animals in our care, and will continue to follow the guidance of health officials as conditions evolve."


Earlier this month most of Florida's counties began reopening restaurants and retail at limited capacities. South Florida, which has been hardest-hit by coronavirus cases, was added to the areas that can begin limited reopenings earlier this week. The limited reopenings gave SeaWorld a chance to revive its business, which is a major piece of Florida’s tourism industry. The mid-March shutdown of the theme parks forced the company to furlough more than 90 percent of its employees.

The Dolphin Show at Seaworld, Orlando, Florida on January 23, 2019. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Last week, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. received approval from the Orange County Economic Recovery Taskforce and the mayor of Orange County but had to wait for final approval from the governor before proceeding with its plans.


SeaWorld's plans to reopen came in tandem with Walt Disney World which is planning, depending on approval, a tiered reopening, with the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom opening on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.

Each park reopening next week has launched a new safety website with detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when the parks reopen.

Here are some of the changes guests should be aware of:

Here are some major changes to look out for when SeaWorld reopens:


1. Face coverings 

Employees and guests two years of age and older will be required to wear face coverings while inside the park. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own masks. There will be additional signage throughout the park reminding visitors of the policy.

2. Social distancing 

There will be signs throughout the park and ground markings at key guest areas that will remind visitors to socially distance. Each ride will also have markings to help separate guests who are waiting in line.

SeaWorld is also encouraging contactless payments with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay across its parks.

Parades and meet-and-greets will be limited or removed for the foreseeable future, and restaurant seating will be changed in order to properly space the guests.

All pools, rivers, rafts and ride vehicles will operate with limited capacity.

3. Cleaning and sanitation

Staff will increase cleaning and sanitation especially within "high contact" areas, as well as employee areas and within its restaurants. Staff will also heavily clean and sanitize its ride vehicles, rafts, tubes and life vests.

The park will also increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the park. Signage will be placed throughout the parks to remind guests about health and sanitation recommendations.


4. Employee and guest temperature screening

All guests and employees will be required to have their temperature checked prior to entering the park.

Employees with flu-like symptoms will be asked to stay home or leave the park immediately. The employee must then follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation and symptom-free periods before returning to work.

5. Animal exhibits and interactions

Certain tours and interactions will be limited to one party at a time and only tours that can accommodate for social distancing will operate for the foreseeable future. Certain animal interactions will also be modified. Lines for all open animal viewing spacings will also have markings to promote social distancing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Conor McGregor told to wait on sidelines by UFC boss Dana White until he can face the winner of Khabib vs Gaethje – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR has been told to put his feet and wait to fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje.

The Irish fighter is waiting to make a re-appearance in the UFC after the sport was hit by a coronavirus suspension.

But Dana White has brought it back with a bang – and Gaethje upsetting the odds to defeat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 has got everyone talking.

He looks to have moved into prime spot to challenge for Khabib's lightweight title.

That would leave Khabib's great rival McGregor in the shadows, although according to White it would be temporarily.

Speaking on the Talk The Talk podcast White told Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew: “I think the best thing for him. I’m not saying this is what’s going to happen. But in my opinion, he lets this Gaethje-Khabib fight play out and he fights the winner.

"I think that’s the smartest move for him. But, you know him, maybe he wants to fight before that.

"And if he does, we can figure something out. I think that is the move for him right now.”


McGregor is desperate to avenge his stoppage loss to Khabib back in 2018.

He went on to admit he under-estimated the Russian.

The 31-year-old has been out the Octagon since January when he beat Donald Cerrone at welterweight in just 40 seconds – his first fight for three years.

But it might be up at welterweight that McGregor decides to focus his efforts.

The Notorious had fans predicting he will become the new UFC welterweight champion after he showed off his bulked up body online.


McGregor had promised to fight three times this year, though the coronavirus pandemic appears to have put a halt to the former featherweight and lightweight champion's momentum.

But with travel now permitted to the US, UFC boss Dana White has revealed the southpaw is open to competing on 'Fight Island' which is due to debut on June 27.

And fans believe McGregor is planning to remain at welterweight with his latest Instagram post a signal that he will remain beefed up.

One said: "Damn. 170lb champ soon."

Another said: "The Machine."

One commented: "Triple champ champ champ."

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Samantha Ware reacts to Lea Michele’s apology, Amber Riley weighs in

Samantha Ware wasn’t moved by Lea Michele’s Instagram apology after Ware claimed the “Glee” star made her life a “living hell” while they appeared on the series together.

Responding to Michele’s statement in which she wrote, in part, that the accusations made her “focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them …,” Ware shot back: “Perceived? Purcieved? Purse? Open your purse??????????????”

Ware — who initially spoke out against Michele after the 33-year-old tweeted a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement — also included a link to a GoFundMe that’s raising money for James Scurlock, who was shot and killed while protesting.

Ware, 28, played Jane Hayward on the show during Season 6.

Since Ware’s initial message, some “Glee” stars have come forward to voice their issues with Michele’s behavior, including Heather Morris, who described Michele as “unpleasant.”

Amber Riley, who portrayed Mercedes on the musical show, spoke out and said she doesn’t “give a s–t” about the drama surrounding Michele and would rather keep the focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“People are out here dying and being murdered by police …” she said in a video posted to Twitter, which since has been removed.

Michele, who lost her partnership with HelloFresh almost immediately after Ware accused Michele of committing “traumatic microaggressions,” appeared to have at least one defender in Iqbal Theba, who played Principal Figgins on the hit show.

“Lot of people r assuming that @LeaMichele mistreated me. Let me state it clearly that I was never mistreated by her,” he tweeted. “And if some of the cast were treated badly then she has apologized for it which is wonderful. But being called a racist is too heavy & unfair a burden 4 most..

“of us, specially in these troubled times. So, please be compassionate, careful & responsible before we accuse anyone of this horrible thing called racism,” he added in a second tweet. “I love each & everyone of my fellow cast members from our great show @OfficialGLEEtv Be safe & be well. Much love ❤️”

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What to buy NOW in ASOS's sale – including summer dresses with up to 50% off

ASOS have announced a huge summer sale and there's up to 50 per cent off summer dresses, jumpsuits and more.

If you're looking to update your wardrobe for a newly arranged staycation this year then make sure you check it out.

Whether it's a new pair of espadrilles for walks around town, a comfy and cute dress for a zoom wedding, or even just summer dresses for keeping call in the garden  – it's got it all.

  • ASOS up to 50 per cent off summer sale – buy here

You can see the full range of deals here, but if you don't know where to start then don't worry as we've out together our top picks of the twelve best pieces below.

You'll need to be quick though, as the sale is only available for a limited time or whilst stocks last – I mean, you don't want to miss out on some one snapping up that linen suit do you?

Here's what we're buying from the sale.

  • ASOS DESIGN Time tie leg espadrille wedges in natural, £24, WAS £30 – buy here

  • ASOS DESIGN long sleeve wrap top and midi skirt in mono print co-ord, from £10 – buy here

  • ASOS DESIGN broderie off the shoulder cupped mini dress with tiered hem in white, £15, WAS £25 – buy here

  • Influence tiered spot tea dress with gathered sleeves, £24, WAS £32  – buy here

  • ASOS DESIGN structured rattan circle bag with white weave, £20, WAS £25 – buy here

  • New Look cateye sunglasses in light tortoiseshell, £6.35, WAS £7 – buy here

  • ASOS DESIGN ultimate linen suit in white, from £17.60 – buy here

  • COLLUSION oversized blazer in blue and yellow check, £33. 75, WAS £45 – buy here

  • ASOS DESIGN button through tiered cotton poplin maxi dress in stripe, £19, WAS £38 – buy here

  • ASOS DESIGN smock midi dress in green floral, £28, WAS £35 – buy here

  • Wednesday's Girl maxi smock dress with peplum hem in ditsy floral, £18.20, WAS £26 – buy here

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Topshop unveiled the new 2020 ‘it’ dress Willow and it’s perfect for effortless summer dressing.

Plus Fearne Cotton launched her Yoga range for Sweaty Betty and it looks amazing.

And cult favourite Vans have launched their Neon Collection – and here’s where you can buy them.

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Is Mick Carter going to change his mind about selling the Vic in EastEnders? He and Linda worry about Phil's dodgy cash

Mick and Linda Carter have doubts about selling the Queen Vic next week in EastEnders when they realise that Phil could be giving them dodgy money. 

The Mitchells ran off with a load of money after a fight broke out during Phil and Danny’s robbery last week on the BBC One soap – but will Mick let him use the criminal cash? Here's everything you need to know…

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Is Mick Carter going to change his mind about selling the Vic in EastEnders?

Viewers know that Mick and Linda decided to sell their beloved pub and move on to pastures new to aid Linda’s recovery from alcoholism.

Next week’s episodes of EastEnders will see Mick and Linda eye up a house they plan to rent. 

But they’re stopped in their tracks when they realise that Phil’s dodgy money may come back to bite them if they agree to sell him the pub.

Might they decide selling the Vic to Phil isn’t worth the risk?

Are Mick and Linda leaving EastEnders?

With Linda hoping for a fresh start away from the pub, it could be time for the pair to move on to pastures new. 

But EastEnders are yet to confirm whether they’ll go through with the sale, never mind leave the Square – and only time will tell.

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their dismay at the thought of Mick and Linda leaving. 

One fan tweeted: "Catching up on #eastenders and are Mick and Linda really leaving?"

Another viewer said: "@MrQueenVicMick won't sell, he loves that Boozer more than he loves himself."

Are Mick and Linda going to divorce in EastEnders?

EastEnders viewers know that Mick and Linda are at rock bottom after the landlady’s battle with alcoholism. 

It’s possible that the stress of the move might rip Mick and Linda even further apart. 

To make matters worse, EastEnders viewers have been predicting an affair between Phil and Linda for weeks on the soap after they noticed sparks flying during an argument.

Phil and Linda had a fiery row after Linda insisted he attended a different meeting than her, but fans were convinced there was sexual chemistry between the couple. 

With EastEnders having confirmed that two characters will be having a social distanced affair in the coming weeks, Phil and Linda would certainly be a recipe for drama.

But with exact plot details yet to be confirmed, fans will have to tune in to find out what’s in store for Mick and Linda.

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Get lifetime access to an MBA program from an award-winning professor

We’re willing to bet that the reason you’ve avoided going back to school has to do with time, money, your current zip code, or some combination of the three.

It’s why of late, there has been a slew of online MBA alternatives floating around, some even taught by real business school lecturers. One such program we’ve spotted is the Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program, a 400-hour course that is led by award-winning MBA professor and Berkeley, Stanford, and The Hult International School of Business lecturer, Chris Haroun. The concept of the course is that anyone (from any location) can grow their business acumen and skills in as little as a year and without the need to give up their full-time jobs.

The curriculum of the MBA Degree Program differs from accredited MBA programs by solely focusing on practical business concepts. These include how to network, how to find customers, perfecting business presentations, crafting essential documents, digital marketing tactics, and how to start and scale a company of your own (just to name a few). The goal is that students can walk away from the course having a wealth of information they’ll use on a day-to-day basis in the workplace.

In order to complete the full suite of classes offered, students will want to carve out about six to eight hours of their time every week. The good thing is that the MBA Degree Program offers lifetime access to all of the materials, so if you need to take a week off here and there or limit your training to a few hours every week, you have full license to do so.

As of today, over 800,000 students have enrolled in the course, with many singing the MBA Degree Program’s praises. As one student notes, “There is more to the program than what I initially expected. It has been much more than an educational experience. It has been a phenomenal training as well as personal growth and professional development experience as well.” Another student even goes so far as to say “enrolling in the Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program is the best investment you can make in yourself be it for your career or business, period.”

Normally priced at $499, the Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program is currently on sale for $399 — a fraction of the six-figure tuition fees you’d otherwise have to pay.

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Six easy ways to detox after lockdown as Brits admit drinking before midday and boozing out of ‘boredom’ – The Sun

IT'S no secret that Brits love an ice cold pint or a glass of wine, and while this year we haven't able to enjoy a drink in a pub garden, that hasn't stopped us knocking back the booze in lockdown.

In fact, despite the absence of bars, sport and holidays, most of us are actually boozing more during the coronavirus lockdown.

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An overwhelming 54 per cent of Brits have admitted to drinking more since the restrictions came into place – consuming on average an additional 800 calories per week in alcohol alone.

A staggering 39 per cent also confessed to drinking during work hours, according to the new study by sports supplement Lyvit.

Another study revealed an estimated 250,000 have their first drink before midday, with drinkers on average increasing their alcohol consumption by 12.6 units per week in the daytime – the equivalent to about four large glasses of wine or six pints of beer – and a further 14.6 units in the evenings.

So, first things first – why are we drinking more? Among the many reasons given for the increase include boredom, a way to relieve stress and also an increase in 'virtual socialising' at home.

“Many of us have found during lockdown we’ve had more time than ever at home with no excuse to take the children to clubs, school or use the car," explains GP and Cosmedics medical director Dr Ross Perry.

"We’ve also been experiencing some exceptional weather and quite often relaxing in the garden goes hand in hand with with enjoying a glass or two of alcohol.

"For others the pressure of working on the front line, home-schooling, living alone, concerns for loved ones or a  job may also lead to drinking more alcohol than ever.

"We have a mentality that drinking ‘takes the edge off’ can help us to unwind after a stressful day…  however, in reality this is quite the opposite as these feelings are very short-lived."

Here, Sun Online reveals some simple tips for detoxing before returning to our normal lives…

Visualise the health benefits & list 'exercise goals' 

If you want to emerge from lockdown feeling like a butterfly rather than a dehydrated caterpillar, what are the first steps to a new you?

Experts advise to remove temptation, and set out your intentions about what you'd like to achieve.

"If you’re going to start detoxing from alcohol the first thing you need to do is to get rid of any booze in the house, and by that I don’t mean drinking it all!" Dr Perry advises.

"No booze around means no temptation.

"Put a list of goals together at the start of detoxing and include the benefits you’re going to feel with giving up booze.

Put a list of goals together at the start of detoxing and include the benefits you’re going to feel with giving up booze

"Better skin, better sleep quality, no headaches or feeling groggy, more energy. Having it in writing really helps to act as a guide.

"Also, set yourself a list of ‘exercise goals’ go to bed earlier and get up for some early morning exercise.

"Not only is this a great mood booster, it will mentally set you up for the day and you’ll find you just don’t fancy reaching for that glass of wine."

Give yourself extra treats

Self-care is essential for supporting your needs, and is another way to relax instead of resorting to that glass of wine.

"Your drinking is a habit triggered by your daily rituals," says hypnotherapist Ailsa Frank.

"Have a shower or soak in a warm bath after work and slip into comfy clothes. Do some gentle yoga stretches to relax your muscles and calm your mind.

"Visualise yourself waking up refreshed and invigorated. Imagine getting on with your day with a spring in your step, motivated and organised.

"Treat yourself to a face pack, play music in the background or watch a favourite movie. Positive visualisations will help you to make sober changes."

Try the 'one less' method 

If you still fancy an actual alcoholic tipple, there are a few tricks to lessen your intake, without you necessarily realising.

"You can still enjoy alcohol – just opt for a smaller glass, or lean towards the 'one less' method," Christine Wright, founder of Habit Breakers, suggests.

"Take one less beer, or one less glass of whatever your chosen go to drink is. You can also try one glass of water after every alcoholic drink –  this way you are hydrating your body whilst still treating yourself to your beverage of choice."

Drink out of a different-shaped glass

This one sounds a bit odd, but according to a study by psychologists at Bristol University it's the shape – not the size – of your glass that may matter most when it comes to how much or how little you drink.

You are apparently more likely to drink less if you opt for a straight sided pint glass rather than a curved one.

This is because of the ‘vertical-horizontal optical illusion' – people see equally sized vertical lines as longer than curved or horizontal ones, tricking drinkers to believe there's more beer in a straight glass and will therefore drink it more slowly because it feels 'bigger'. 

Keep a drink diary

It is also important to be aware of your limits. For both men and women, the recommended alcohol is no more than 14 units per week.

This equates to six pints of beer or six small glasses of wine.

By keeping a 'drink diary' you are more likely to be aware of your own intake, and once you know your limits, you can adjust accordingly to ensure your health isn't impacted.

Mix it up with mocktails 

There are plenty of simple recipes to try making your own alcohol-free drinks to replace often-potent cocktails, while still being able to feel like you're joining in with everyone else.

Or, if beer, spirits or wine are your poison of choice, there are also plenty of booze-free brands out there.

"Consider drinking different options, there are a huge mount of excellent no alcohol, low alcohol brands on the market now," Christine suggests.

"The beauty of these is that you still feel like you're drinking, and you won’t be feeling hungover the next day."

Websites like sell everything from alcohol-free gin, wine and beer for you to enjoy without the headache.

Dry Drinker founder Stuart Elkington says: "I suggest to my new customers not to stop drinking entirely if they don't want to, but just to start adding some alcohol free versions into their day-to-day. 

"The main thing I tell customers is not to panic and not think badly of themselves if they've found that they're drinking more these days. So many of us have found ourselves in that boat." 

Mocktail recipes to try at home

Nutritionist Jenna Hope's top three alcohol-free cocktail recipes for you to try at home:

Sparkling water with homemade raspberry puree
Simply place raspberries into a blender with a dash of maple syrup until a puree is formed.

Then add ice and sparkling water, serve in a champagne glass.

Virgin Mary
You know the drill. Add tomato juice to a glass with Worcester sauce, salt and pepper.

Don’t forget the celery stick for serving.

Virgin Pina Colada
Combine 2 parts pineapple juice with 1 part coconut milk (opt for the fresh variety where possible for a healthier option).

Add ice and serve with a pineapple garnish.

Reaping the rewards

Apparently by cutting down on booze you'll begin to feel the positive effects on your wellbeing and sleep within a week – and after a month you'll begin to notice a physical impact too.

 "It actually takes up to 72 hours before you mentally and physically feel back to normal," Dr Perry adds.

"After one week of not drinking, your sleep pattern becomes more regulated, you wake up with more energy and skin looks clearer.

"If you don’t drink any alcohol for a month, the liver increases its ability to flush out toxins. You’ll notice a flatter stomach and clearer skin.

"When there is no alcohol in your blood for several months, the liver cells can return to normal."

"Once you stop drinking alcohol, and replenish the fluids, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your energy levels, sleep quality, dark circles will lessen under the eye area and the daily dry mouth and dull headaches should also go."

So while most of us have enjoyed a little more booze than usual over the last couple of months, with these tips it seems now could be the time to ditch our lockdown lifestyle for something a little more healthy.

If you feel your drinking has become a serious issue, visit Alcohol Change UK or DrinkAware for further help and guidance.

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