The run up to Easter is often a time of abstinence, where many people give up something they enjoy.

As Lent comes to an end this weekend, many people will be looking forward to partaking in whatever pleasurable activity they decided to abstain from. For some people, this Easter will mark an opportunity to resume drinking alcohol.

But how difficult is it really to give up that post-work beer, or the apéritif at an event?

Many people temporarily abstain from drinking, especially when there is a focus on detox and physical health. Dry January and Sober October have become trends in recent years and are slowly infiltrating Luxembourg. Experts say that even a few days without alcohol can have a positive effect on the body, citing better sleep and concentration as immediate reactions. Lots of people who give up alcohol have also noticed a drop in weight.

The biggest changes are mainly noticed when the person in question drank heavily prior to giving it up. For those of us who seldom drink, there might not be too many changes.

Either way, an abstention is always a good idea, particularly when used to examine a person's drinking habits, and can even help to diagnose an alcohol problem. Anyone finding it difficult to give up drinking is advised to speak to a doctor.

In Luxembourg there are around 30,000 people with alcohol issues. 8-10,000 of these are considered alcoholics. The others either drink too much, or aren't sure how to reduce their dependency and consumption.

There's a saying in Luxembourgish "wann een a Moossen drénkt, ass alles an der Rei" - drink a measure, then everything will be fine.

But what constitutes a measure? There are regular studies examining how much alcohol is safe to drink.

For women, this is currently around 20 grams of alcohol per day, and 30 grams for men, with a recommended pause of 2 days a week. This would amount to 10-15 units of alcohol per week.