It's important to know how much you should be drinking, and easy ways you can cut back.
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.
Elsewhere on the web
- NHS: drink less Go to https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/drinking#k43xFzAhYzOh8v2w.99 (opens new window)
- NHS: One you drinking Go to https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/drinking#zheP1zoiURsKTAGS.99 (opens new window)
- NHS: One you drinking app Go to https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps#YET0j2CYCbx1J9w5.97 (opens new window)
- Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service) Go to https://www.bdp.org.uk/ (opens new window)
- Tips from Drinkaware for cutting down on alcohol Go to https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/how-to-reduce-your-drinking/ (opens new window)