If you drink more than the recommended daily limits of alcohol your health can suffer. You could end up with liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack and certain cancers.

What is the recommended daily limit for alcohol?

If you are a man the most you should drink is three or four units in one day, but you shouldn’t do this every day. If you are a woman the most you should drink is two to three units of alcohol in one day and not every day of the week.

Medication and alcohol

Some medications for mental health conditions can interact with alcohol. It may be recommended that you avoid alcohol or limit your intake. You could find this out by checking the information leaflet that your medication comes with.

Cutting down on alcohol

If you want to cut down on your alcohol intake, you could try:

  •  Letting your friends and family know so that they can support you
  •  Taking it a day at a time
  •  Choosing smaller sizes of drinks – for example have a small glass of wine instead of a large one
  •  Choosing alcoholic drinks that are lower in strength (you can check this on the bottle or can)
  •   Drinking a non-alcoholic drink in between alcoholic drinks

What is a unit of alcohol?

1 unit

A single 25ml shot of spirits

(e.g. vodka, rum, gin).

1.5 units

A small glass of wine (125ml).

2 units

A pint of lower strength beer, lager or cider.

2.1 units

A standard glass of wine (175ml).

3 units

A large glass of wine (250ml).

Useful contacts

Drinkline - the National Alcohol Helpline

0800 917 8282 - open 24 hours a day

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