Alcohol Advice and Information | A Better Medway

Drinking sensibly

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 Chief Medical Officer recommends the following guidelines:

  • 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, spread these evenly over 3 days or more.

Drinking above these guidelines increases the risk of various health conditions. Including cancer (especially breast cancer for women), liver cirrhosis and high blood pressure to name a few.

Having one or two heavy drinking sessions a week also increases your risk of death from long term illnesses, accidents and injury.

Use the alcohol calculator to see how many units are in your drinks.

  • If you or someone you know needs support, speak to your GP or local pharmacy
  • Find further advice on our local support and useful links  pages.
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