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.