Reducing your alcohol intake
How alcohol can affect you
Alcohol can impact on your:
- energy levels
We often drink because we want to change the way we feel.
Growing evidence suggests that alcohol can have a negative effect on our mental health and physical health.
Guidelines suggest that we shouldn't drink more than 14 units a week. This is around 6 pints of lager, or 7 glasses of wine.
We should always have a couple of days away from alcohol a week, and shouldn't drink for at least 48 hours after binge drinking.
If you have concerns look out for the following patterns:
- using alcohol to block how you feel
- using alcohol to help you to sleep
- using alcohol to fill time
- drinking alcohol more regularly
- drinking more and more alcohol
For facts about alcohol, visit NHS: Alcohol.
For facts about alcohol and a useful quiz to help you know your risk, visit Balance.