Where's the danger in a drink?
Alcohol is linked to more than 60 illnesses, like diabetes and breast cancer.
Excess drinking piles on body weight, hurts your finances and can also damage your working and home life.
It can have very serious long-term health effects, such as:
- personality changes
- difficulty thinking
- memory loss.
The recommended guidelines
The UK's Chief Medical Officer's latest guidelines on alcohol consumption can help you check that you're drinking responsibly:
- Men and women shouldn't drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
- Don't drink all of the units in one go.
- Spread your units of alcohol out over three days or more (take a day off between drinks).
- Eat when you're drinking, and drink water too.
- Pregnant women should avoid drinking altogether.
Are you at risk?
- Worried you're drinking too much? Take this simple test.
- Do you know how many units of alcohol you drink a week? Check using this online calculator.
- Have you wondered how many extra calories you're putting in your body with alcohol? Check this chart.
If you are worried about your drinking, there are services available to help:
- Find out more about a wide range of substance misuse treatments in Lambeth.
- Find personal advice online, including tips for cutting down and additional support on DrinkCoach.
- Call the Alcoholics Anonymous national helpline free on 0800 9177 650 or find your local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
- Have a free and confidential online web chat with a real person who understands the problems you are facing with Drink Wise Age Well.
- If you're a young person, access drug and alcohol support on DASH Lambeth.
However, you don't have to be a heavy drinker to want to cut down your sugar and spending. Take control of alcohol by:
- keeping a diary of when and what you drink, to track your drinking habits
- avoiding buying rounds when out with friends
- taking alcohol-free days
- drinking halves instead of pints, or smaller glasses of wine
- having a meal before you drink
- trying low-alcohol drinks
- getting sponsored to stay sober for charity (Dry January or Go Sober for October).