Drug and alcohol support

Reduce the harm caused by alcohol

Drinking more than the recommended daily allowance of alcohol can increase your risk of developing a drinking-related illness.

Approximately 10 million people in England drink above the recommended guidelines every year.

Many people do not realise that they are drinking too much and do not know the long term health impacts of drinking alcohol.

If you drink less than 14 units a week, this is considered ‘low risk’ drinking. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

If you’re not sure what a unit of alcohol is, go to the Drink Aware (link opens in new window) website to check.

Spread your drinking over 3 days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

If you want to cut down how much you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.

Drinking less reduces the longer term risk of serious diseases, including several types of cancer, liver disease and stroke. It will improve the condition of your skin, have a positive effect on sleep and will give you more energy and money. Drinking less means you’ll be less likely to develop high blood pressure and put on weight.

If you have any concerns about whether you, or someone close to you, might be drinking harmful or hazardous amounts of alcohol, visit the Don't Bottle it Up website (link opens in new window) and take the free and confidential alcohol test (link opens in new window).