For many of us, having a drink is one of life’s pleasures - it can help us relax and enjoy ourselves. However, many people don’t realise quite how much they are drinking and that they could be putting their health at risk.

Recommended limits:

The government recommends that:

  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day (that’s just one large glass of wine)
  • Men should not regularly drink more that 3-4 units a day (that’s just a pint of premium lager)
  • Pregnant women or those trying to conceive are advised not to drink any alcohol
  • People drinking more than this are putting themselves at risk of more than 60 medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cancers, and liver disease

Good reasons to drink less:

  • You’ll sleep better
  • You’ll have more energy
  • You’ll save money
  • You’re less likely to have arguments
  • You’re less likely to have an accident
  • You’ll be less likely to develop a serious health problem
  • You’re memory will be better for longer

Tips for cutting down:

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks
  • Avoid buying in rounds
  • Try another activity when you feel like drinking, e.g going for a walk or a swim
  • Eat a meal before drinking
  • Let your friends and family know you are trying to cut down and ask them for support

How to get further help:

NHS Nottingham City is keen to support people to reduce their alcohol consumption.If you are worried about your drinking there are a number ways to get help:

  • Talk to your GP
  • Nottingham Recovery Network – provides a single point of free support, advice and treatment to people who use alcohol and drugs in a problematic way across Nottingham City
  • Contact APAS (Alcohol Problems Advisory Service) 0115 941 4747