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Sensible drinking guidelines:

NHS advice states that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day (and don't drink any alcohol a couple of days a week). A unit of alcohol is 10 ml (8g) of pure alcohol. The number of units in an alcoholic drink will depend on its strength as well as the size of the glass. Counting units can help us to keep track of what we are actually drinking. Some examples of popular drinks and their alcohol content include:

  • 1 single gin and tonic = 1 unit
  • ½ pint of 5% cider = 1.5 units
  • 1 alcopop = 1.4 units
  • 1 glass (175ml) of 13% wine = 2.3 units
  • 1 pint of 5% lager = 3 units
  • 1 bottle of 12.5% wine = 10 units

Please remember – the daily guidelines do not apply to young people and women during or when planning pregnancy. Local support, advice and treatment.

Warning: Mixing alcohol with illegal or prescribed drugs is very dangerous and could also reduce the effects of medication.

 

Link to the Drink Aware website

Top 10 tips for
drinking sensibly

1 Before you start drinking decide how many units you are going to drink and stick to it.

2 Drink lower strength alcohol, thus reducing unit intake.

3 Avoid drinking in rounds as you may end up drinking more than you expected to.

4 Make sure that there are days in the week when you do not drink at all.

5 Don't top up your drinks as you will be unable to keep a check on the amount of units you have drunk.

6 Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.

7 Don't accept drinks from strangers.

8 Eat before you drink – food helps absorb alcohol and so limits how quickly what you drink will get into your bloodstream.

9 Try keeping a drinking diary to see how much you actually drink in a week.

10 Don't take out too much money on a night out if you usually spend it all on alcohol.

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1 Before you start drinking decide how many units you are going to drink

and stick to it.

2 Drink lower strength alcohol, thus reducing unit intake.

3 Avoid drinking in rounds as you may end up drinking more than you

expected to.

4 Make sure that there are days in the week when you do not drink at all.

5 Don’t top up your drinks as you will be unable to keep a check on the

amount of units you have drunk.

6 Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.

7 Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

8 Eat before you drink – food helps absorb alcohol and so limits how

quickly what you drink will get into your bloodstream.

9 Try keeping a drinking diary to see how much you actually drink in a

week.

10 Don’t take out too much money on a night out if you usually spend it all

on alcohol.

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