Drink less

It's important to know how much you should be drinking, and easy ways you can cut back.

New guidelines

Government guidelines now say there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. It's recommended not to ‘save up’ 14 units for one or two days. Try to spread them over three or more days.

Latest alcohol unit guidelines on the GOV. UK website

How much is 14 units of alcohol?

14 units of alcohol can be:

  • six pints of average strength beer
  • six average glasses of average strength wine

A good way to cut down the amount you’re drinking is to have several drink-free days each week.

When you drink 

  • limit the total amount of alcohol you drink on any occasion
  • drink more slowly
  • drink with food and alternate with water
  • avoid risky places and activities
  • make sure you have people you know around who can ensure you can get home safely

Pregnancy and drinking

If you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all. This will 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.

 Bristol’s Big Drink Debate 

The Big Alcohol Debate takes place in Bristol from Monday 14 November 2016 to Monday 30 January, 2017.

We hope to talk to people in Bristol to find out about their attitude to alcohol in the city and to raise awareness about alcohol issues.

Take our Big Alcohol survey

You can influence what happens in the city by taking part in Bristol's Big Drink Debate survey.

When you complete the survey, you'll be entered into a raffle, to win Cabot Circus vouchers:

  • 1st prize: £100
  • 2nd prize: £75
  • 3rd prize: £50

You can get a hard copy of the survey from libraries, GP surgeries and pharmacies across Bristol.

The closing date is Monday 30 January 2017.

After the closing date, we'll feedback what you've told us and how your views will help us develop future programmes. 

For more information, please contact carl.morrison@bristol.gov.uk

One You Alcohol Checker

The One You Alcohol Checker is an easy way for you to understand:

  • how much you're drinking
  • the impact of your alcohol consumption
  • how to reduce the amount you drink

Suitable for 40 to 60 year olds.