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Alcohol, drugs and substance misuse

Advice and support on alcohol, drugs and substance misuse.


How much is 'too much' alcohol to drink? And how do you know if the amount you drink is bad for your health? The effects of alcohol can differ enormously from person to person. Height, weight and gender are a few of the factors that decide how alcohol affects you. The amount you've eaten and the speed at which you drink can also play a part in the affects of alcohol.

Sticking to the recommended guidelines will help you enjoy a drink and stay safe and healthy.

The Department of Health recommend men should not drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day, and women should drink no more than two to three. Drinking more than this can lead to a number of health risks.

Many people don't have a realistic idea of how much they're drinking. Research shows that 80% of people don't know what the recommended guidelines for alcohol intake are.

A good starting point is to work out how many units are in your usual drink. Keeping a drinks diary over the course of a typical week and then working out the number of units can also be very revealing.

Alcohol unit calculator

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Drugs and substance misuse

If you have a problem with drugs or know of someone that does, there's a wide range of services that can help.