Getting support for Alcohol

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Government guidelines on alcohol consumption

Drinking above recommended levels can have a serious risk to your health. To reduce the risk of harm, government guidelines recommend the following:

  • Adults should not drink more than 14 units per week, and these should be spread out throughout the week and you should try and have a few alcohol-free days each week (see below for information on units).  
  • For young people, being alcohol free is the safest option.  
  • The safest approach for women who are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink the greater the risk. The risk of harm to the baby is likely to be low if a woman has drunk only small amounts of alcohol before she knew she was pregnant or during pregnancy.  

Examples of unit amounts are: 

  • one pint of regular beer, lager or cider = 2 units. 
  • one pint of ‘premium’ or ‘strong’ beer, lager of cider = 3 units. 
  • one 25ml measure of spirits = 1 unit  
  • one large250ml glass of wine (12% abv) = 3 units  
  • one 330ml alcopop (5% abv) = 1.5 units  

For more unit information and examples, head to the NHS Livewell pages


Helpful information and support 

Figure out if your drinking is affecting your health 


How can drinking too much affect me? 

Alcohol support for under 18’s 

Help for alcoholism  

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