We’re becoming more aware of the negative impact alcohol has on our health, but what about the impact it has on the environment? A huge number of bottles, cans and boxes are used worldwide in the sale and distribution of alcoholic drinks. While these are theoretically recyclable, most end up in landfills and are very commonly found littered on our streets, parks and beaches. Kiwis are already reducing their alcoholic intake; New Zealand adults drink on average two standard drinks per day. Depending on the size and strength of the drink, this equates to over 700 beer cans or bottles per person per year, or close to 95 bottles of wine. Seek out producers who are trying to find better packaging solutions; use reusable glass containers and shop at stores that offer refills; or brew your own beer using reusable bottles. And consider a few alcohol-free days a week. Your body and the planet will thank you for it.