Reducing alcohol intake


Exactly how much is 'too much' on a night out – or in? And how do you know if the amount you drink is harming your health?

Research shows that eight out of 10 people don't know the correct amount of units that are recommended in Government guidelines.(Drinkaware 2008)

Playing safe Everyone reacts differently to alcohol. Your height, weight and gender are just some of the factors that play a part in how alcohol affects you. Even what you've had to eat that day or how much sleep you've had recently can make a difference to how you feel when you drink.

So, if you want to enjoy a drink and stay safe your best bet is to stick to the recommended guidelines.

The NHS recommends:

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day

'Regularly' means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week.

Many of those who see themselves as 'social drinkers' are actually at risk of developing long-term health conditions because of the amount they drink on a regular basis.

Most drinkers are unaware that regularly drinking more than is advised by the NHS can lead to a wide range of long-term health .

Try out these self assessments

How much do you drink?
Check if your drinking is harming your health.

Alcohol myth buster
Test your knowledge of alcohol related risks and find out the facts about drinking.

Desktop alcohol tracker
Keep a drink diary and get feedback.

iPhone drinks tracker
Work out your units and get feedback






updated 4 September 2018

HHFT Staff

If you are concerned about your drinking or would like help cutting down just contact our alcohol specialist nurse on 01256 313518


01962 824326

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