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What choices are you making?

When we talk about "lifestyle choices", people often think we just mean the things we consume for pleasure, relaxation, escape or stimulation. The choices that often feel as if they are choosing us and taking over our lives. But actually "lifestyle choices" are anything we decide to do, or decide not to do, big or small, that we know may not be good for our long term health and wellbeing.

You might already know all you need to know about the impact certain decisions are having on your life. If that's the case, feel free to click the start button and get registered. Alternatively, you might want to learn a little more about the lifestyle choices covered by this site. If that's the case, just click through the pictures on the right for a few surprises.

Despite the fact that we're all different, our experiences can be very similar. For example, how many of us behave in a certain way or turn to something when we're stressed or unhappy? At makesahealthychange.com you'll soon realise that your feelings and experiences are shared by people just like you and you'll have a chance to discover their stories and compare them with your own.

Alcohol Smoking

Alcohol...

Drinking is a pleasure that many people enjoy. However some people drink in a way that can affect their health and how they feel. This can be without them realising. Doctors recommend drinking within "sensible limits": men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.

Smoking...

Smoking remains the main cause of preventable disease and premature death in the UK. About 8.5 million people still smoke in England today, and over 80,000 deaths a year are due to smoking in England alone. Smoking kills half of all long-term users.

Cannabis...

One in ten users become addicted and most regular smokers will have some withdrawal symptoms when they try and stop. For some groups of people the risks of serious long term problems are very real.

Stimulants...

Stimuant drugs are highly addictive and things can easily get out of hand. In fact taking even small amounts at the weekend can increase your risk of sudden death. There is no such thing as a safe amount.