Easier ways to drink sensibly
Having a drink may feel like an easy way to unwind at
the end of the day but one glass can often lead to two or
three. Before you know it, you’ve had half a bottle, and
you could be on the path towards harmful drinking.
The Department of Health recommends the following weekly
guidelines for those who drink regularly (i.e. most weeks):
Both men and women are safest regularly
not drinking more than 14 units a week.
If you do drink as much as 14 units per
week, try and spread these evenly over 3 days or more.
Drinking above low risk guidelines increases the risk of various
health conditions such as cancer, liver cirrhosis and high blood
pressure to name a few.
The risk for both men and women of developing a range of
illnesses, for example a range of cancers such as mouth, throat and
breast; increases with any amount of alcohol drunk on a regular
Both men and women increase their risk of death from
long term illnesses, accidents and injury if they have one or two
heavy drinking sessions a week.
Use our alcohol
calculator to see how many units are in your drinks.
- If you or someone you know needs support, speak to your GP or
- Find further advice on our local support and useful links pages.