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 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 basis.

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.


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