Drinking alcohol

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as 6 pints of average strength beer a week. Ideally, you should spread your drinking over at least three days and it's important to have at least 2 alcohol-free days. Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week damages your health.

It's important to know how much you're drinking and some easy ways to cut back:

If you have concerns

To find out how risky your drinking is, take this quick self-assessment.

If you're concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking, there are a range of options available for advice and support. A good place to start is your local GP.

Change Grow Live is a free, safe and confidential drug and alcohol service for anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Southwark.  If you want to talk about drugs or alcohol, you can drop in to 146 Camberwell Road or call Change Grow Live on 0207 358 7266.

If you're under 24, you can access confidential advice about drugs or alcohol from Insight Southwark.

NHS Choices have a list of nationally available contacts for alcohol problems.

Useful links

  • One You has information about drinking and how to cut down
  • Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK

Page last updated: 07 June 2017