"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."
Finishing the day or week with a glass of wine or two is a popular choice to unwind. Despite this, 24% of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines, and alcohol is the fifth largest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability.
It is recommended in the UK to not exceed more than 14 units of alcohol per week, equivalent to 7 pints of 4% ABV beer, or 1.5 bottles of 12% ABV wine. Excessive alcohol intake can contribute to increasing weight, liver disease, heart disease, mouth and throat cancer, and poor mental health. Not only would reducing alcohol intake help improve your risk of developing these health conditions, it can help to improve mood, sleep quality and productivity.
To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days.
If you have 1 or 2 heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risks of death from long term illness and from accidents and injuries.
If you're pregnant or think you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum. Find out more about pregnancy and alcohol
We can support you in making realistic changes to your lifestyle, including alcohol intake to improve your health.
Our top tips
Go for lower alcohol alternatives
Choosing a drink that is lower in alcohol content can help reduce the effects of alcohol on health.
Have alcohol free days
Try to reduce the amount of days you are drinking alcohol throughout the week, as well as the quantity you are having.
Stagger your drinks
To reduce the effects of alcohol on your health, stagger your drinks by having a non-alcoholic drink in between alcoholic drinks.
consider your mixers
Swapping to a lower calorie or a lower sugar drink mixer can help reduce the amount of calories in the drinks.